How to Cope with Migraine

Coping with Migraine and Treatment Options

Migraine is one of the most common and disabling disorders in the world, affecting more than 37 million in the United States alone. It is debilitating and there is no one single universal treatment. Every patient has a unique prognosis, which makes it even harder to treat.

Migraine sufferers usually appear normal on the outside; however, on the inside, they are chewed not only by the physical pain, but also by the social stigma it has on its sufferers. Many sufferers, unfortunately, are seen as complainers, hypochondriacs and lazy people. Others even assume them as unstable, violent, dangerous or with an untreated mental health condition. The lack of understanding from others further adds in to the deterioration of health that many sufferers experience.

It is important to know of the symptoms of migraines so we are well-informed should we know of a friend or relative who may show the following. Awareness leads to us helping them out with finding the right migraine treatment options.

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  1. Different aura. Prior to a headache, sufferers will most likely suffer a dizzying spell, and a feeling that something isn’t right. They may see flashing lights or wavy lines. The feeling is different for every person.
  1. Pain on one side of the head. This symptom shares similarities with cluster headache and tension headache. However, with migraines, the pain is more severe. The pain lasts between 1-3 hours or for days, and the experience is very debilitating.
  1. Nausea. Many sufferers find nausea the worst symptom of all for it feels like a never-ending cycle. With nausea, it is recommended that people stay in bed and avoid extra movements for these can further the nauseous feeling. It is also worth noting down that nausea leads to dehydration, so it’s very important for sufferers to try to drink water whenever they get the chance.
  1. Intolerance to light, odors and noises. Light, odors and noises that never bothered sufferers start getting to their wits’ end. This is one of the top signs of migraine. Be sure, though, that it’s not mistaken with pregnancy!
  1. Circulation problems. Decreased urination, changes in skin color, changes in heart rate and temperature are all indicative of circulation problems. Nasal congestion and watery eyes are also part of circulation problems.
  1. Gastrointestinal problems. Some of these include diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps. Sufferers also don’t have much appetite to eat, and so they end up losing weight without even trying. Make sure, though, that it’s not mistaken with an upcoming monthly flow!
  1. Behavioral changes. One of the most common is irritability, and people around sufferers almost always get surprised with this sudden change in behavior. They also tend to be forgetful, lethargic, restless and confused. At other times they get extra energy and euphoria, which may appear as bipolar behavior. Migraine sufferers, sadly, may also feel suicidal.

Helping out migraine sufferers should be addressed with utmost care and sensitivity. Not only because of the vulnerability of the situation, more so due to the many conflicting treatments for migraines.

Generally, treatment should be addressed psychologically and physiologically. On psychological terms, while support is most important, you should take note of whether the sufferer would want space or would want you accompanying him/her. This is crucial for the difference between the two is very thin and can make or break the first line of treatment.

On physiological terms, treatments can range from in-house clinic treatments to prescriptions. It is best to consult a registered psychiatrist for this.

The best treatment, however, is a holistic one: one that combines psychological and physiological treatments. The integration of the two is crucial and one of the keys to successful and lasting migraine treatments.