It is very important to find the right migraine headache treatment because treatments vary and can be effective or ineffective and cause side effects. A migraine specialist can discuss with you the common migraine treatments.
First, let's discuss the typical migraine headache symptoms. A migraine can be described as pain on one side of the head, maybe even TMJ jaw pain with TMJ headaches, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light and sound. Some migraines involve both sides of the head. The migraine sufferer usually likes to lie in a quiet, dark room. During a migraine, blood vessels of the brain dilate, putting pressure on nerves. The nervous system often kicks into sympathetic mode, which is the "fight or flight" response. This can cause achy body, diarrhea, cold hands, and pale skin.n
Migraine headache treatment can be medicinal or non-medicinal. Using ice, biofeedback, and relaxation techniques may be helpful in stopping an attack once it has started. Sleep may be the best non-medicinal treatment. For mild migraines, over-the-counter pain relievers can help. The two main types are acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxin. Aspirin products also reduce blood clotting, which is a two-edged sword: it reduces your platelets' ability to form blood clots, which promotes bleeding, but it also helps to prevent heart attacks. Other nsaids also reduce blood clotting, but not for as long as aspirin does. People taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin, should talk to their doctor before taking nsaids.
Exedrin is an example of an OTC migraine medication. It contains aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. Remember, repetitive use of these drugs over long term can overtax the liver and cause harm to liver and kidneys. That's why many migraine sufferers look to alternatives such as chiropractic and homeopathic remedies. Children and teenagers should not use aspirin because of the risk of developing reye's syndrome which can cause coma or even death.
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For moderate to severe migraine headaches, there are other drugs which work on the cause of the pain. For example, the triptans work by counteracting the dilation of brain blood vessels so the nerves don't get stressed. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) has the longest history of doing this. It can stop the head pain quickly. It comes as an injection, oral pill, or inhaler. Using triptan is expected to abort migraine headaches within two hours, 80 percent of the time. Ergot drugs can also stop migraines, but they are not as safe because they tend to constrict the arteries of the heart.
Some migraine sufferers will take a combination of anti-nausea and migraine medication. One example is Compazine. Other medications can be addictive, so they're used when the patient is pregnant and shouldn't take other drugs.
Sleep problems with TMJ symptoms can cause migraines and chronic tension headaches, so getting the right amount of good sleep is important. And fasting can trigger a migraine for some people. Keeping your blood sugar stable is a good idea.
Hopefully, this article gave you some valuable information on general headache remedies and migraine headache treatment.