By VIRGINIA SOLE-SMITH
What Are Migraines?
A recurrent throbbing headache, often in one side of the head, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines may include a stage called aura, which is marked by visual disturbances (flashes, splotches, zigzags, or shimmering colored lights surrounding a blind spot).
Why Migraines Happen
"A migraine is a neurobiological disorder involving both neurological and vascular changes in the brain during an attack," says Susan Broner, MD, medical director of the Manhattan Headache Center in New York City. "People with a genetic predisposition have a reduced threshold for the activation of the brain's 'pain centers' and become hypersensitive to stimuli that cause pain. These set off a wave of nerve cell activity and neurotransmitter release that activates blood vessel...
By Tanya Rakhmilevich
If you’ve never experienced a migraine, consider yourself very lucky. All of us experience headaches from time to time, and while these can sometimes be quite severe, a migraine is different. It’s more than just a bad, nagging headache.
Migraines can last for hours or even days. The pain can be highly disabling and the sufferer may be unable to attend to normal daily tasks. Migraines are often characterized by throbbing or pulsing pain, usually on one side of the head.
You may also experience vision alterations (such as an aura in your field of vision), impaired concentration, acute sensitivity to light and sound, tingling sensations, numbness, and changes to taste and smell. Some people also feel nauseous during a migraine attack and may have...
Everyone gets headaches every now and then, but when they become persistent, it gets more difficult to treat them and some medicines may stop working. The pain reliever that you used to take maybe making little to no difference and a simple rest may not be enough.
Unfortunately, there are risks involved in taking higher doses of pain relievers and they can also get expensive. The best way to relieve headaches is through natural remedies. There are different techniques that work on different types of headaches. It’s important to understand what may be causing the headache and what remedies work for that specific type of headaches.
Types of Headaches
There are a wide variety of headaches but they can be categorized into the four most common types.