Migraines

Migraine is one-sided headache that gets worse with physical activities and last between 4 and 72 hours. It might also involve visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, noise and smell.

It is very painful and uncomfortable but not damaging to the body. The body is back to normal between attacks.

I used to suffer between one and two attacks per month. I have managed it so I have now only the occasional one when I’ve indulged a bit too much (I have to watch out at Christmas for wine and sugar intake!).

 

Here’s what worked for me:

 

A migraine diary, where I recorded dates, symptoms and length of attacks, helped me find the pattern and triggers of my attacks. I noticed I usually got one when menstruating due to fatigue. Taking an iron supplement and making sure I was slowing down during the two first days helped. Each to its own though, we all have a different story. Find what works for you.

 

A visit to the GP to have the right drug prescribed, so I could stop the migraine ASAP. All over-the-counter pills like Migraleave didn’t stop the migraine. They actually made it worse as I felt more nauseous . Sumatriptan did the trick but there are many options. I would recommend seeing a specialist like DR Dominic Parliour at Parkside. www.drpaviour.com

There are also alternative medicines but I would recommend talking to a naturopath instead of relying on internet research.

 

Exercises and stretches to relieve neck and shoulders tension. Don’t underestimate the power of simple movements and stretches, especially if your migraines are due to stress. Check the earlier blogs for stretches.

Regular osteopathic treatments (6 months) to get to the bits you can’t reach yourself. The correct choice of exercises and osteopathy/physiotherapy is a great combinaison to get the best out of your body. A relaxed efficient body is less likely to let you down.

Cardiovascular exercise also helps improve your circulation so ideal to fight off migraines. You don’t need to run a marathon or swim across the Channel, just 20 minutes three times a week will do.

 

I found this little book very helpful.

MIGRAINE AND OTHER HEADACHES
by Dr Anne MacGregor (Family Doctor Series, ISBN 1-903474-04-3 – £3.50). Published in association with The British Medical Association.

You can buy it at a chemist or order it:

http://www.migraine.org.uk/information/factsheets/recommended-reading/

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need therapists recommendations or any further help.