Today we are living in world which is going faster and making lot of impacts on our health headache seems to be day to day problem. but wait is it headache or migraine. lets try to understand it  as there is a thin line of demarcation between the two.

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What’s a migraine? 

Migraine is a throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head, caused by the narrowing and dilating of blood vessels on one side of the brain. An attack may last upto two days.

There are two main types of migraine: 

Common: A slowly developing severe headache, lasting from a few hours to two days, made worse by the smallest movement or noise, accompanied by nausea and sometimes vomiting.

Classical: Headache preceded by an aura which generally takes the form of a visual disturbance.

This may consist of:
– A temporary loss of vision
– focusing problems
-blind spots
– flashing lights.
-Possible speech problems
-Occasional weakness or -temporary paralysis of the limbs or extremities.
-Nausea and vomiting
-Sensitivity to light.

What’s a headache? 

Headaches, on the other hand, are a common complaint. For the most part, they happen because of muscular tension in the head, neck or shoulder or due to congestion of the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain and muscles.

Here are the top 15 causes of migraine

1. Stress. Stress is easily one of the most common causes of headaches. The best way to reduce headaches caused by  stress is to work out or meditate to relax your nerves and keep your stress levels at a minimum.Tension headaches, the most common kind, are brought on by either physical or emotional stress. One of the most frequent causes of physical stress is spending too much uninterrupted time staring at the computer. Take breaks every half hour to stretch and look in the distance. Emotional stress may not be so easy to eliminate.

2. Eating. today we become fast food eaters healty diet is much far from us it seems Your eating habits can have a huge impact on your health. Choosing to eat unhealthy foods like chips, chocolate and processed meats and cheeses will increase the likeliness that you’ll suffer from headaches. Eating fresh vegetables and fruits and drinking lots of water will help to prevent headaches.
3. Eye Strain.long use sitting infornt of latops and pc can triiger it  Eye strain is often associated with headaches. Squinting your eyes for an extended period of time (or exposing your eyes to fluorescent lighting) can impact the nerves in your head and trigger headaches. If you’re working on a computer, try using an anti-glare screen or ask your doctor for an anti-glare prescription for your glasses.

4. Lack of Sleep. most important cause In today’s world role we are working in sleeping hours and sleeping in working time  Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night can trigger a headache. Your body needs at least 7 hours of sleep to function.

5. Too Much Sleep. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night can spark headaches but getting more than 11 hours of sleep can have the same effect. 8-10 hours of restorative sleep a night is ideal.

6. Hunger and hypoglycemic headaches Fasting and consequent low blood sugar levels may trigger headaches in patients with migraine. Avoid consuming anything high or rich in carbohydrates. Else, it could result in a rapid secretion of insulin, thus lowering blood sugar levels.

7. Smoke. Smoke is a leading cause of headaches. While this is common knowledge for most people, what some don’t realize is that individuals who don’t smoke can still be severely affected by it and can ultimately suffer from headaches because of second-hand smoke. EXPOSURE TO SECOND-HAND SMOKE:Cigarette smoke is a common trigger of migraine headaches. Try to stay in a non-smoking environment. If you can’t avoid the smoke, try putting some peppermint oil on your pulse points to detract from the smell.

8. Loud Noise. Any type of loud noise can trigger a headache. Likewise, being around loud noise will make it extremely difficult to get rid of a headache.

9. Alcoholic beverages. Some believe grapes that are organically grown and wines that are free of sulfites are less likely to trigger headaches. Stress may act as a secondary trigger in some situations. A person who suffers from migraines and is exposed to a stressful and tiring work environment may complain of an inability to tolerate wine, whereas the same person on a relaxing vacation may drink and enjoy the same wine without suffering headaches.    Hangover.Many would agree that a headache caused by a hangover is self-induce

10. PAIN MEDICATIONS: Ironic but true. Half of chronic migraines, and as many as 25 percent of all headaches, are actually “rebound” episodes triggered by the overuse of common pain medications. Medication Side Effects. Headaches are a common side effect of most medications. If you need the medication, there’s really no way of getting around the side effects.
11.WEATHER OR CHANGE IN ALTITUDE: Changes in weather, especially sharp dips in barometric pressure, can cause headaches. Even a visit to a town or city that is at a higher elevation than where you currently live can bring on an episode.

12.HORMONES: The hormones estrogen and progesterone affect headache-related chemicals in the brain. Higher estrogen levels may improve headaches, while lower estrogen levels can make headaches worse.

13.SINUSES: Dry sinuses or congested sinuses can cause headaches. These headaches come with deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement.

14.DEHYDRATION: This may be the most common cause of a headache. Your body is made up of roughly 60% water and requires a generous amount of water intake. Adults should be drinking about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day for proper hydration. Be aware that coffee and sodas are often dehydrating.

15.hunger and hypoglycemic headaches Fasting and consequent low blood sugar levels may trigger headaches in patients with migraine.Avoid consuming anything high or rich in carbohydrates. Else, it could result in a rapid secretion of insulin, thus lowering blood sugar levels.
Understanding Migraine headaches

Migraine is a form of headache. The word Migraine is a corrupted form of the word ‘hemicrania’, which meant one sided headaches. Therefore it is usually thought of as one sided headaches. This is not always true as pain in a lot of cases is present in the whole head. The pain is usually throbbing, pulsating and bursting in character. At times, the pain is one sided or may involve the whole head. It is often wrongly thought that all migraine headaches are one sided. It is often so but this does not in any way mean that Migraine headaches are always one sided.

The symptoms of migraine are –

Pain in the migraine headaches may last for hours or even days.It is episodic in nature. The pain happens every once in a while with frequency varying from patient to patient. There are often long periods when there is no pain.,the pain may be throbbing or pulsating.

It is often accompanied by other symptoms like nausea or vomiting.

There is increased sensitivity to light and sound. One is unable to bear light in any form, that is natural or artificial. This is known as photophobia. Patients prefer being in the dark rather than bear any light.Some patients feel relief after sleeping while others may not feel so.In some cases, the pain is preceded by some warning symptoms like flashes of light, temporary blindness or tingling sensation in the limbs. This is the aura of the headache. Some patients get such aura or warning signs while most of the patients do not have any such aura.

Home remedies for migraine or home treatment for headache

A number of home remedies have been recommended here and there for treatment of migraine. These include apple cider vinegar, ice packs, cayenne pepper, chamomile and ginger. Although these home remedies may alleviate the symptoms marginally, they do not offer a permanent cure for headaches.

Difference between cure and relief in migraine

It is very important to understand the basic difference between getting relief and getting a cure from migraine headaches. We often get patients who have been taking migraine medications for years altogether to get relief from migraine headaches. Such so called migraine medications are just painkillers that provide temporary migraine relief. Often people look to some home remedies for migraine or some natural medicines for migraine. They soon get disappointed. The migraine headache becomes a part of their life. They learn to live with the migraines. It is difficult for them to even imagine that there can be a cure for migraine. They cannot even think that one day they will be able to lead a normal life, completely free from headaches.

But this is before they try homeopathy treatment . Once they overcome the mental barrier and start homeopathic treatment of migraine, it is just a matter of a couple of months and they start forgetting that they used to have migraine. So effective are the homeopathic headache remedies for migraine and such is the power of Homeopathy.

Homeopathy remedies for migraine headaches

Homeopathic philosophy does not favour the use of temporary painkillers or short cuts for the treatment of migraine or for that matter any disease. Homeopathy tries to go deep down into the cause of the problem and completely eradicate the tendency of a patient to have these migraine headaches now and then. That is why it takes some time for the medicines to show results. They do not have a short term or temporary effect like the allopathic painkillers. On the contrary, homeopathic medicines have long term effects and work to completely cure the migraine problem. After a couple of months of homeopathic treatment for migraine headaches, patients are pleasantly surprised to experience a completely pain free or headache free life. This is the beauty of Homeopathy.

Remedies like bell,spigelia,sanguinaria,nat.mur , glonoin, gelsemium,Iris are few remedies which have prooved as boon in migraine for several cases.

Always Consult a Qualified Homeopathy Doctor for the appropriate treatment. For chronic & acute conditions patient needs constitutional treatment to reduce the recurrence of attacks and pain 

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