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Migraine Symptoms are Severe: Natural Care Addresses Their Cause

Migraine symptoms are painful and disabling. They often force migraine sufferers into dark and silent places because light and any type of noise only make migraine symptoms worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), migraines rank 19th, worldwide, among the causes of years lived with disability (YLDs). Migraine symptoms take their toll on sufferers through pain and suffering, impaired quality of life and, often, a severe financial burden. Migraine symptoms account for lost days from work, increased medical costs, fractured family lives and non-existent social lives.

Migraine treatment often involves the use of medications with potentially harmful side effects. These migraine medications may help to reduce the number and severity of migraine attacks; however, they do nothing to address the underlying cause of migraine headaches. There is an all-natural alternative that does – without the use of risky drugs – and you’ll be happy that you took the time to learn about it by reading this article.

Migraine Symptoms Checklist

Migraine sufferers can experience a wide array of symptoms which may occur several times a week, or a month or maybe even occasionally throughout the year. Women are three times as likely as men to experience the symptoms of a migraine; this may be related to female hormones because migraines often strike as part of PMS or at the onset of menstruation. If you are a pregnant woman, your migraine symptoms may worsen in your first trimester and improve in the third. Women who take birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy may experience the symptoms of migraine headaches more frequently as well.

There are four phases of a migraine attack; each phase has distinct symptoms. The four stages include:

Phase 1: Prodrome or Premonition Phase

This phase can occur anywhere from hours to days before the actual onset of a migraine attack. About 30-60% of all migraine sufferers experience this phase which signals that a migraine is about to strike! This “early warning system” helps those who experience this phase to take the steps to try to avoid the migraine altogether.

Prodrome (Premonition) symptoms include:

  • Mood changes, such as irritability, depression or feelings of “super” energy
  • Food cravings, especially sweets/salty foods
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue, yawning
  • Muscle stiffness in the neck
  • More frequent urination
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Phase 2: The Aura

Many people talk about this phase, which can be quite scary for anyone to live through, particularly the first time it happens. About 20% of all migraine sufferers experience this phase, usually about 15-30 minutes before the migraine headache starts. Sometimes the aura continues into the headache phase as well.

Migraine symptoms in this phase include a variety of visual, olfactory (smell) and auditory (hearing) sensations, such as:

  • Seeing flashing lights, wavy or zigzag lines and/or spots or experiencing blurred vision or partial loss of vision
  • Smelling odors that aren’t present
  • Decrease in hearing ability
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Hearing sounds that aren’t there
  • Tingling sensations or numbness in arm and/or leg on one side of the body
  • Problems remembering words you want to use
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch

Phase 3: Migraine Headache

Although it’s called a headache, it really affects the entire body. Migraine headache symptoms can range from mild to severe and can be extremely debilitating. This phase usually lasts from one to 72 hours and, generally the symptoms of the migraine headache phase include:

  • Headache on one side of the body only. It can shift to the opposite side or occur on both sides as well, but it is generally confined to one side
  • Extreme sensitivity to sound and light
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Chills/hot flashes

Any type of physical activity can aggravate or worsen these symptoms.

Phase 4: Postdrome

This phase immediately follows the migraine headache phase. Most migraine sufferers feel extremely tired, anxious or even “hung over.” Some professionals feel that these symptoms are due to the abnormal flow of blood to the brain during the 24 hours after the headache is gone. Postdrome symptoms may include:

  • Depressed or euphoric mood
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble concentrating

Sometimes the Prodrome, Aura and Postdrome phases can occur without the headache. Not all phases occur with every migraine attack. They vary by individual and attack and, yes, this is all very confusing.

The good part about all of this is that by focusing on migraine symptoms and learning how to read your body and the migraine “signals” it sends out, you have a far better chance of avoiding a migraine headache altogether.

Migraine Symptoms – Trigger Avoidance for Prevention

Often times, migraine symptoms are a reaction to specific triggers. By avoiding the triggers that set off your migraine attacks, you can potentially prevent a migraine attack from ever even occurring.

What types of things trigger a migraine attack? The list includes:

  • Foods, such as chocolate, caffeine found in colas and coffee, red wine or other types of alcohol, aged cheeses, processed meats, and aspartame (artificial sweetener)
  • Hormone level changes, that occur prior to or during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause; use of hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills
  • Bright lights (sunlight, sun glare), fluorescent lights or flickering lights
  • Certain odors, including perfumes, cigarette or cigar smoke, cleaning supplies
  • Weather changes that produce humidity or fluctuations in temperature/air pressure
  • Changes in regular eating (fasting, skipping meals) or sleeping habits (sleeping too much, too little, disturbed sleep)
  • Excessive physical activity/overexertion
  • Motion sickness
  • Emotional stress
  • Excessive noise
  • Repeated use (abuse) of headache pain remedies that can cause “rebound” effects

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You may have been given the suggestion to keep a diary to try to identify your triggers. This can be helpful in general terms, but keep in mind that not all triggers produce migraine symptoms in all migraine sufferers and exposure to the same triggers does not always result in migraine onset in the same person!

How soon after exposure to a trigger can the migraine actually occur? It usually varies between several hours to two days.

In terms of migraine prevention, avoidance of common triggers and aerobic exercise really are your best bets.

Migraine Symptoms: Treatment

Traditional migraine treatment options focus on the use of two classifications of prescription drugs:

  • Pain relievers – or other types of “abortive” medications, including both over-the-counter (OTC) headache remedies and prescription medications, which are taken to relieve migraine symptoms after they have already begun.
  • Preventive medications – these are often taken on a daily basis to decrease the frequency, length and severity of migraine symptoms.

Some non-medical types of treatment that can be effective in preventing or treating migraine symptoms include biofeedback, relaxation techniques, monitoring diet, getting enough sleep, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and quitting smoking.

However, there is another all-natural treatment option available that doesn’t only address the symptoms of migraines. It’s been around for years, but people really don’t know that it’s a type of non-invasive care that doesn’t rely on drugs and surgery for healing. It relies on the power of your own body to heal itself. What is this migraine miracle? It’s chiropractic care!

For Migraine Symptoms – Choose Natural, Not Drugs!

“Chiropractic care has been helping those with migraine symptoms for years, ” observes a busy chiropractor in Belfast, Ireland. “And it can be so effective!”

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And you thought chiropractors only “fixed” sore necks and backs.

Actually, the sponsors of don’t “fix” anything! They are chiropractors who are trained to locate areas in the spine where nerve interference is preventing the body from functioning as it should, nerve interference that actually may be the cause of your migraines!

Chiropractors are state-licensed practitioners who are required to pass stringent examinations for licensure. The sponsors of are warm and caring health professionals who will spend the time necessary with you to get a firm grasp on your health situation. They want to see you get well – they are not in the “sick care” business! And they can’t prescribe drugs and they don’t perform surgery – ever!

But…they can help you with the symptoms of your migraine headaches.

How can Chiropractic Help to Eliminate Migraine Symptoms?

That’s easy. Chiropractors locate and remove nerve interference that keeps your body from functioning at its best. Nerve interference that prevents vital communication between your brain and your body to take place. Nerve interference that causes dis-ease and illnesses, including migraine headaches.

Nerve interference results when a spinal bone is out of place. Chiropractors deliver a very precise adjustment that restores proper spinal alignment, with all bones in their proper places. The result? No more nerve interference so the body is free to heal itself! Remarkable!

Chiropractic adjustments are safe and all-natural and…they are meant to address the underlying cause of your migraine headaches – not just treat migraine symptoms!

Migraine Symptoms No More!

The sponsors of obviously can’t guarantee specific results. However, they can tell you that their success rate with migraine headache sufferers is extremely high. They can also tell you that their patients are grateful to have discovered a natural method of healing that did for them what no other form of mainstream medical treatment could do – it either significantly lessened or totally eliminated their migraine symptoms.

So…why not give “natural” a try before you take drugs with dangerous side effects. Call one of the sponsoring chiropractors who practices close to your home or office location today. We know you’ll be pleased with your results!

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