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Everything You Need to Know About Migraines

Everything You Need to Know About Migraines [INFOGRAPHIC]

About 1 billion people worldwide suffer from migraines. It is 3 times more common in women than in men.

What is a Migraine Headache?

Migraine is paroxysmal ailment. It is a severe headache, usually on one side of the head, which is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting along with sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches usually lasts for a minimum of 4 hours, but can go on for a few days at a stretch.

Types of Migraine

  • Migraine with Aura (a series of neurological disturbances that occurs just before the headache starts)
  • Migraine without Aura
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine without Headache
  • Abdominal Migraine
  • Basilar Migraine

Early Warning Signs

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tiredness
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Craving for specific foods, especially chocolate
  • Feeling depressed
  • Frequent urination

Common Migraine Symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Throbbing pain on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to light & sound

Migraine with Aura Symptoms

  • Blind spots
  • Seeing zigzag patterns
  • Seeing flashing lights
  • Hallucinations
  • Overall weakness
  • Trouble speaking

Causes of Migraines

  • Change in the brain’s blood vessels
  • Inflamed brain cells
  • Electrolyte imbalance due to overstimulation of the brain
  • Head or neck trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Passed down genetically

Foods that should be avoided if you have a migraine

  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Fruits containing high tannin viz. grapefruit, guava, apricots and pineapples
  • Coffee
  • Soy sauce & MSG (Monosodium glutamate)

Food that should be included in your diet

  • Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids viz. nuts, flax seeds and fish
  • Food rich in magnesium viz. figs, dates, sweet potatoes, spinach and yoghurt
  • Lean protein viz. poultry, wild-caught fish, legumes and beans
  • Vitamin B -rich foods viz. green leafy vegetables

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