Migraine Headaches - How To Control
Oh How My Head Hurts! It's That Dizzy Feeling Again - Could It Be Another Migraine Attack?
At first your vision begins to dim. You attribute it to stress. Hardly noticeable in the very initial stages. It starts off as if someone is gradually reducing the intensity of light around you. The threatening darkness slowly begins to blunt the images before your very eyes.
The sharp contours of whatever happens to be in your line of vision begins to dissolve and merge with the dimming vision. Then an eerie form of dizziness sets in and saps all your mental and physical energy.
A splitting headache follows. You begin to feel an awful pain and your head simply threatens to explode! You sense that a blackout is imminent!
Welcome to Migraine Land! Migraine is all you need to spoil your day ... and week, and possibly keep you inactive right throughout the month! That splitting headache lasts for well over an hour, and then always is followed by nausea.
Vomiting comes next, and as the headache eases a little, a kind of hopelessness sets in. This blends very well with a complete disinterest in everything. Nothing matters at all at this moment. A severe feeling of weakness also follows ... and then it's a total blackout!
The Aftermath - The Light Is Still On! - That Pain Is Still Lurking Around ... Threatening To Strike Again!
It knocks you out of orbit for almost a week. Even the feeling of general weakness that has set in, lasts during this period, and prevents you from attempting any physical tasks like carrying a heavy object or even making quick movements. There is a general discomfort which also threatens to bring back the attack.
Even several days after a migraine attack, while swimming I have experienced a heavy discomfort when the level of my head goes below the level of my body on the surface of the water. Complete weakness prevails for a week, and sometimes longer.
During migraine attacks, whenever I have attempted to remember faces, addresses, numbers, mathematical formulas, lyrics of songs, I find that nothing can be recalled. Nothing at all is clear. When I try to visualize the features of someone the image simply does not come to my mind. Everything seems so distorted during this period.
By having experienced repeated attacks of migraine, this is one way I adopt to make sure that the headache that I am experiencing is really a migraine attack, although the early signs would suffice to confirm.
The discomfort caused by the vomiting which signals the final stages of the headache cannot be compared to the discomfort caused when vomiting due to other forms of nausea.
That Awful Pain In The Early Stages And That Blackout ...
In my very young days, hearing stories of accidents and injuries used to bring about a migraine attack.
Later on, there was a time when the smell of cut grass after a lawn or field has been mowed, and the odor of disinfectants in hospitals was certain to bring on a migraine attack in me. Then progressively it became too frequent, almost once every three months.
Striking a tuning fork or staring at a bright fluorescent light would almost definitely induce migraine in me.
Although it has not been proven that stress could be a contributor, it is somewhat accepted by those suffering from frequent headaches that stress is.
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The Shoulder Stand - Possibly A Yoga Cure
The Different Types Of Headaches And My Experimenting
I recall that for some reason I had developed an interest in trying out a particular yoga pose called the shoulder stand.
In addition to my migraine headaches, I used to have constant nose blocks, and when I heard about the shoulder stand, I was confident that it would be helpful to me in some way so I decided to try it out.
I did try it out with success! Here's how it is done. Lie flat on your back and raise your legs as high as you can with both feet together. Now supported by the palms of your hand raise your hips.
Your elbows should now rest on the ground. Your knees, obviously should not be bent. Since your knees are not bent, your toes point upwards. You remain in this pose for five to ten minutes. This causes blood to rush to your head.
As a precautionary measure, I used to roll up a towel and place it under the nape of my neck. I recommend this exercise to you too as I believe that this exercise has numerous benefits.
However I strongly suggest that you start under the guidance of, and in the presence of a qualified yoga instructor.
I got used to doing this exercise regularly, early in the morning before breakfast. Then I set off to school. After getting used to this exercise I noticed that at school I used to feel fresh the whole day, with no nose blocks at all!
So ... I have found a cure for my nose blocks I thought! Never again will I have a blocked nose! Have a look at the video on the right and learn how to do the shoulder stand.
What Causes These Constant Headaches? Can Herbal Oils Help?
Sinus headaches, tension headaches, call them what you will, but the one that is followed by a blackout is certainly a migraine headache.
I did neither seek a cure for migraine, nor did I make any attempt to find out its causes. I was only keen on finding a way to get rid of my blocked nose condition.
At that time I also used to suffer from an ailment called sinusitis and had a touch of catarrh as well. It is as a result of this, that I had an eternal blocked nose.
My mother used to prepare various herbal oils, but ... this was the Beatles era! Oil, herbal or otherwise of any sort was not acceptable at all to someone with long hair!
However when I have been really desperate, I have accepted this form of treatment which brought me instant relief.
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As time passed, curiously, my migraine also laid off! It is strange that I never sought a cure for migraine! I was only interested in preventing a blocked nose condition.
I found more methods for the prevention of nose blocks that whenever I apply them, the threat of migraine attacks also seemed to diminish.
Another yoga recommendation for blocked nose was to inhale a small quantity of pure water through the left nostril and send it out through the right. Then inhale some water thought the right nostril and expel it through the left. You need to repeat this process three times. This should be done immediately on rising in the morning.
The author who recommended this method had mentioned that this would also prevent tumors from forming in the brain.
Here are two more methods I have experimented with and found successful. One of them was, heat a metal teaspoon by immersing it in boiling water, then wipe it dry and while it is still warm put a few drops of herbal oil on to the spoon and when the oil gets warm, rub it on to the top of your scalp. This has brought me immediate relief.
Do not heat the spoon over a flame. Just immerse it in boiling water and let it remain there for a few seconds. This will ensure that the spoon does not get overheated.
It is important that you need to use warm oil on your scalp. If no herbal oil is available, you could use a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil. It is very important that the oil you use should be a kind of edible oil.
Vision Improvement Too - Do I Say Thanks To Yoga?
I am aware that there are yoga cures for almost every ailment and even have had testimonials from people who have benefited from practicing various forms of yoga exercises.
The last of these methods was actually recommended to me for vision improvement.
Rotate your head three times clockwise and three times anti clockwise. Repeat the process ten to fifteen times twice a day. Once on rising in the morning and then at sunset.
However, I never got to putting up a schedule in order to practice all these methods daily. But, I have been consistent in doing at least one of these recommended exercises every other day.
Is It Over? Am I Now In Control?
My last full-blooded migraine attack came around October in the year 1990! Well, according to my memory there were a couple of occasions after 1990, when I noticed the threat of an attack. On those occasions, I recall having quickly heated up a few drops of herbal oil, letting it simmer to a temperature at which the scalp would not find it uncomfortable, and having rubbed it in onto the top of my scalp.
The next step, I remember was swallowing a couple of aspirins, not exceeding the dose recommended for adults by doctors. Then I used to lie down. A cold pack placed on the forehead while lying down helps a lot indeed. A couple of hours later I am all right. No real attack, no weakness that is typical of the aftermath of an attack.
The herbal oil method can be used, I would say from my experience, for emergencies. In the absence of herbal stuff, even olive oil or coconut oil would do. For nearly two years now I have been applying the water inhalation method, and there have been no threats of any attacks.
These days, for nearly six hours a day I stare at the screen of an LCD monitor and thank GOD I have never been threatened by any form of migraine.
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Time Travel - Back To The Past - There is a possibly of being blasted into the past where you don't find the things you are used to having around in modern times. You find that the Internet, e-mail, earning from the comfort of your home, and the many other facilities that you have taken for granted today are no longer available in the past! Even the very thought of having to let go of this "addictive" life style that makes living so very easy is enough to drive you nuts, and possibly give you another headache!
Some Scientific Stuff Simplified
I Guess It's Gone! No More Blackouts! No More Splitting Headaches And No Blocked Noses Either!
In recent times I have heard about a whole lot of cures for migraine involving various forms of medication and even some kinds of meditation. I also came across one form which incorporates a totally new method. A healing system known as Reiki.
Although I have explored Reiki, I did not incorporate it into my experiments involving finding ways and means of halting my sinusitis and catarrh, which I guess gives rise to blocked nose conditions and probably leads to migraine attacks.
However, I have discontinued exploring as I am quite content with the way things are right now. I have also heard in the recent past, that reducing stress in your day to day activities too could help in some way or the other to control headaches.
That awful pain, that nauseating feeling of dizziness, and that head that begins to hurt like hell now no longer threatens. Hopefully no more blackouts! Have I discovered how to prevent headaches, and possibly migraine attacks too?
I only sought a way to ease my blocked nose condition which I believed was due to sinusitis and catarrh, and having found some effective ways to curb these conditions, my migraine headaches also ceased.
Probably sinusitis and catarrh also brings upon migraine headaches to those who suffer from these ailments. Probably a constant blocked nose could also trigger off headaches.
In my case curbing one cured the other. It has indeed worked for me. And if you too have the same ailments, you are welcome to try them out. You may try out any one of these methods or all of them, at your own risk.
In conclusion, I would like to say that I do not vouch that all of these methods or any one of them will work on you or on anyone else.
The purpose of this article is only to share some personal experiences on the topic, and not to play the role of a doctor or health advisor.
However if you wish to experiment with one or more of the methods detailed in this article, I wish you luck. I hope that whatever method or methods you select from what you have read here will help to ease your condition whether it be some form of a headache, or a condition of a blocked nose or even frequent migraine attacks
Whatever the case may be, good luck to you!
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