This article discusses migraine, what it is, various triggers and underlying causes, touches on some strategies to treat migraine as well as the emotional and metaphysical causes. This article is more a resource and support than a definitive A-Z; if you would like help determining the causes for your migraine or to know more about individual treatment approaches that may work for you and/ or to book an appointment for a comprehensive assessment please complete the contact form below.
Migraine 1: Andrea NIL
Migraine got the better of me this morning and left me floored for the whole day. I tried to chew on the reasons and emotions but sometimes it’s as simple as those pesky things called hormones or practical things like lack of sleep, bright lights, food triggers, low blood glucose levels, mobile phones and WiFi, flickering lights, even weather patterns, and as mentioned hormonal dips pre-menstrually.
People experience migraines with an aura, or without. I don’t know which is worse, the forewarning of the impending head pain or the sudden onslaught of the head pain without the warning from an aura.
I get an aura; I lose half of my vision and get crazy squiggles, lines and distortions in my field of vision. I struggle to read words as the letters get all jumbled up and half of them go missing. For others the aura can affect speech and senses such as touch and smell. Hyper sensitivity to smells is common and numbness or paralysis down the body on one side is noted by others.
All kinds of freaky stuff to be honest especially for a first time sufferer, but what the aura does give you is a little time to put some strategies into place to hopefully lesson the headache phase. I immediately take magnesium, paracetamol or ibuprofen if I have them, and get into a dark room. I also use aromatherapy oils provided that my sense of smell tolerates it and I massage my vagal nerve. I do also tend to think about where have I lost balance in my life and today I actually got down on the rumble roller and checked that my back muscles weren’t all tensed up.
This is a great photo of what an aura looks like;
and yes it moves just like this!
We live in a world of analysis. We are educated in the mind-body and are very self-aware, and so many of us now look to the emotional and metaphysical causes of an illness or symptoms and this is great. But it isn’t always that simple or straight forwards; before you consider adding your twopence worth to someone in the throws of a migraine.