How to Stop Migraine Before it Starts

If you have ever had instances when suddenly your vision becomes blurry. You are overwhelmed by waves of nausea. Every beam of light is a bullet in your eye, and your head feels about ready to split open.  These are the symptions of a migraine headache.

Migraines can hit you at the worst of times, and knock you out for the rest of the day.  Research is constantly searching for an effective treatment to migraines – thus far one has not been found.  Even though there are some doctors that are hopeful that a solution to migraines may be found within the next few years, we need to know what can be done about your extreme pain NOW?

It’s important to understand how a migraine works, and what you can do to prevent the onset of these draining headaches.  Areas of our brain are stimulated when we are introduced to stressful stimuli. In some cases, the stress may lead to overstimulation of certain areas, causing the blood vessels to grow dangerously.

Some of us are more prone to a hyperexcitable brain than others. If you live with regular migraines, it is important that you understand what’s going on inside your head.

A migraine is the enlargement of the blood vessels in the brain. This stimulates the nerves surrounding the arteries, causing extreme pain. In addition, the stimulation of these nerves causes the release of chemicals. These chemicals increase the enlargement even further, creating a vicious cycle. Once a migraine is activated, the symptoms are likely to build on themselves, furthering the danger.

A migraine is the body’s attempt to shut down in order to avoid danger, which is related to the presence of stress.  Unfortunately, simple medication cannot treat many migraines.  Migraines are difficult to treat because the sympathetic nervous system of the body is actvated when triggered by stress.  The body attempts to turn off the senses and block stressful stimli.  Unfortunately this response of defense results in the most notable symptoms of a migraine. In addition, the sympathetic nervous system closes the passage between the stomach and the intestines. 

Oral medication needs to reach the intestines in order to be fully absorbed. Any medication ingested after the onset of a migraine is unlikely to make it to the intestines – rendering it near useless in the stomach.

This is where preventative behavior comes in by reducing stress in your life.  Stress activates the “fight or flight” response on the body, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The ability to stay level-headed in a stressful situation might be your best attack against a migraine.  Contributors that can increase levels of stress include: lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, vitamin deficiency, or a weakened immune system.

Don’t let the effects of stress or migraines control your life.

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