Your head is spinning, you feel nausea coming on, and you’re searching for a quiet, darkened room. … If you suffer from migraines, you know these symptoms and the routine.
A migraine is an extremely painful and repetitive type of headache that involves the nerves, blood vessels and brain chemicals. Sometimes migraines are accompanied by symptoms such as nausea or visual disturbances. For many sufferers, eyes become more sensitive to light, and some see auras in their visual field. (This is called an aura migraine.)
While those who suffer probably know the symptoms well, here are 5 facts about migraine headaches you probably didn’t know:
1. Women Get Them More Than Men
Women are more likely to develop migraine headaches than men are. Although this may be due to genetics, hormones play a role: Women often experience migraine headaches during menstruation or when taking hormone replacement therapy after menopause. According to Lifescript.com, as many as 12%-14% of women have experienced migraines while only 6%-8% of men have experienced them.
2. Migraine Headaches May Trigger Behavioral Changes
In the days, hours or minutes before a migraine begins you might feel more irritable than usual or feel particularly down. This is especially the case in women with hormonal imbalances that may be triggering the migraine headache.
3 – Acupuncture May Help Relieve Migraines
According to a study conducted in Germany, 794 people who suffered from at least 2 to 6 migraines a month were given traditional acupuncture, sham acupuncture (needles inserted, but not at traditional acupuncture points) or standard migraine medication. Over 6 weeks, 10 half-hour sessions were given to the participants. Forty-seven percent of those who received acupuncture, and 39% of those who received sham acupuncture, had a reduction in headaches by 50%.
4. Skim Milk May Help
Skim milk contains a B vitamin known is riboflavin. According to Joy Bauer in her book Food Cures, riboflavin increases cellular energy, which can help migraines caused by low levels of cellular energy.
5. It Might Be a Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraine headaches. Foods that are high in magnesium, such as beans or spinach, are recommended for fighting migraines. In some cases, neurologists may prescribe magnesium tablets to treat migraine headaches in people with magnesium deficiency.
Contact your doctor if you have multiple migraine headaches or migraine headaches that aren’t helped by over-the-counter headache medication.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor is it ever intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice or professional recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician(s) or other qualified healthcare provider(s).
April Khan is a health writer and blogger who is very passionate about preventative healthcare and healthy eating. She spends her free time researching the connection between food and diseases and testing out new tech gadgets. Read more about migraines the new online Migraine Health Center at Lifescript.com.