I’ve always maintained that if you ever want to deal with some serious stress on a daily basis then go work in a television newsroom. I found that despite my best efforts to be prepared and stay ahead of deadline, something would usually come up that could potentially put things in a tailspin like some late-breaking news that just “had to get on.” Obviously this is not the type of atmosphere where you want someone working for you who suffers from migraine headaches. Way back in the day, I had a young producer frantically trying to edit a piece of video in time for the 6:00 news and out of nowhere her head literally exploded. She curled up in a fetal position and was mumbling she couldn’t see straight and could hardly stand (which was odd because she was sitting down). Anyway, later she had forgot or neglected to take her medication. And as a result this talented individual was reduced to mush right before my eyes. I gently moved her out of the way, slapped together the remaining few shots of video needed, pressed on with the news while someone took the individual to the clinic.
Thinking back on that incident certainly doesn’t register a laugh let alone a smile. The fact is that both men and women suffer from chronic headaches – better known as migraines. According to www.earthclinic.com, migraine sufferers are four times more likely to report symptoms of major depression, and three times more likely to report symptoms such as low energy, trouble sleeping, nausea, dizziness, pain or problems during intercourse, or pain in the stomach, back, arms, legs, and joints. And what’s more, individuals with severely disabling migraines are 32 times more likely to have major depression if they also reported other severe symptoms.
According to www.relieve-migraine-headache.com, the research to date seems to indicate that migraine is a neurological disease based on an inherited genetic abnormality.
A cause of migraine symptoms — points out the site www.homeopathic.com — is usually called a trigger. A trigger is what starts the chain reaction, usually leading to migraine headaches. The trick — I subsequently learned from friend — is to recognize what triggers the migraine and then take a course of action that can alleviate the pain.
That may be easier said than done. Many experts are looking more and more at natural treatments for migraine headaches. The site www.support.headaches.migraine.com points out a few that certainly are not all-inclusive, but may be among the most popular “home remedies.” 1) Non-drug options: There are some very good home remedies and non-drug treatments that you can try. This includes things like lifestyle changes, biofeedback, chiropractic, and even diet Experts say understanding what triggers your migraine symptoms is a big step on the way to knowing how to treat a migraine. Seems like many doctors automatically start with drugs, but if you educate yourself you can find better solutions that your doctor will approve of.
2)MigraineDrugs: One of the most popular solutions to migraine is the triptan class of drugs. These include brand names such as Maxalt (rizatriptan), Zomig (zolmitriptan), Amerge (naratriptan), Frova (frovatriptan) and Imitrex (Sumatriptan). These are specifically for migraine, and seem to affect the serotonin receptors. They also block inflammation and can even narrow the blood vessels which expand during a migraine.
Triptans have been called miracle drugs by those who take them, and they do seem to work very well for certain people. Not only can they kill the pain, but they also get rid of many of the other migraine symptoms, such as nausea and drowsiness. Many brands can be administered orally, through a nasal spray, and using a needle. I’m no medic, but I did major in common sense and can tell you that triptan drugs — like any medication — are best cleared through one’s doctor first. A good source of information regarding triptan drugs can once again be found www.relieve-migraine-headache.com.
My co-worker in the newsroom told me later that she often relied on an icepack on the back of the neckat the base of the skull as her migraine-treatment-of choice. She’d have probably told me as much if she could have spoken a little more coherently. Health.netscape.com points out that ice-therapy can often help relieve the throbbing pain of a migraine headache by decreasing the flow of blood to the head. Apparently it’s also beneficial for a person to put their feet in a container of warm water at the same time. This can have the effect of attracting the blood to the feet instead of to the head.
Migraine headaches can sometimes be caused by foods and can be prevented by eliminating certain food triggers. On alt.support.headaches.migraine a list of foods that can possibly trigger migraine headaches include — but is not limited to — caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, cheese, beans and onions. Again, the rule of thumb is if you can eliminate the trigger, then maybe you can eliminate the migraines.
Many health experts recommend that migraine sufferers keep a “migraine diary” and track their suffering o lack-there-of on a daily basis. Keeping a migraine diary may let you know over time what is setting off the trigger, and what treatmentis helping. Writing down when your attacks occur, what the symptoms are and how long the attack lasted is like investing in your long-term health. The migraine diary should also track of what you eat, what you drink, what’s going on in your life and what changes are happening. Then when a migraine hits, you may be able to figure out what it was that started it.
Some of the more new-age remedies for migraine sufferers recommended by www.holisticonline.com include acupuncture, aromatherapy and myotherapy — which is a method for relaxing muscle spasms and improving circulation while alleviating pain by defusing ‘trigger points.” Too much or too little salt can also impact the presence of a migraine.
My co-worker continued to deal with her migraines while dealing with news deadlines. As far as I know she is still dealing with chronic headaches. A little shuffling around with her duties usually kept her out of the newsroom-frying pan at crucial times. And that was probably a lot easier than the headache pain she had to confront on a daily basis.