Migraine: What it is? Types of Migraine
Migraine is a symptom complex of periodic headaches which are usually unilateral (one-sided) and often associated with nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to noise and light. The attack of migraine is usually preceded by constriction (narrowing) of the cranial vessels (blood vessels supplying the brain and skull) and the headache commences with dilatation of these blood vessels. The attacks of migraine tend to be recurrent and the severity of attacks usually decreases as the patient ages.
Migraine is commonly misspelled as migrane, migrain, igraine, migaine, migrine. Migraine is called as Aadhasisi in Hindi and ardhashishi in Marathi.
There are two main types of migraine:
1) Migraine with Aura (Classic Migraine):
This type of headache is characterized by the neurological phenomenon (aura) that is experienced 10 to 30 minutes before a headache begins. Auras may be experienced as visual disturbances, hallucinations or even temporary loss of vision before a headache. . Some other common expressions of the aura may be in the form of giddiness, vertigo, tingling numbness in various parts of the body, weakness, difficulty in speech, etc. Auras are experienced due to the constriction of the cranial blood vessels prior to the commencement of a migraine.
2) Migraine without Aura (Common Migraine):
This is a common presentation and here the patient does not experience any aura (neurological phenomena) before a headache. Nausea and vomiting frequently accompany this kind of migraine. General fatigue and lethargy may be experienced before a headache begins.
There are some other types of Migraine which are not so common:
Migraine headaches usually begin gradually over a particular area on one side of the head. The pain then builds up in intensity over a couple of hours and spreads over a larger area of the head. The pain tends to subside gradually over a few hours in most of the cases but may even last up to a few days in some cases.
Migraine headache is usually described as a throbbing and pulsating pain that is usually felt on one side of the head. The pain is worsened by any strenuous activity, stooping, exertion and mental activity. The pain begins in one area of the head, usually on any one side and then spreads all over the head. The intensity of the pain builds up and attains peak in 1-2 hours. The duration of a migraine varies from a few hours to a couple of days in some cases. The normal routine is disrupted due to the pain and the patient may find difficulty in falling asleep.
There may be few other symptoms which accompany a headache, common ones include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and noise, irritability, etc. Strong odors may also worsen the pain in some patients.
Aura (neurological phenomenon)
It is experienced by many and these could be in the form of bright lights around objects, zig-zag lines and waves in front of the eyes, temporary loss of vision, visual hallucinations, etc. All patients do not experience aura and some have just transient mood changes and lethargy before the pain begins.
Basilar artery migraine:
This type of migraine is characterized by disturbances in the basilar artery which leads to a severe headache, giddiness, difficulty in speech, double vision, muscular problems, etc.
A type of a migraine in which a headache is accompanied by dimness of vision, the sensation of a luminous appearance before the eyes, etc.
An ophthalmoplegic migraine:
A type of a migraine in which a headache is accompanied by paralysis of the muscles of the eyes.
A retinal migraine:
In this type of migraine the ocular symptoms are predominant due to constriction (narrowing) of one or more retinal arteries.
A rare type of migraine in which intense pain lasts for more than 72 hours.
The exact cause of migraine is not understood in totality. It is caused by a disturbance in the functioning of the nervous system which may be triggered by environmental factors or changes in the body itself. Migraine tends to run in families which shows that genetics has a role to play in the development of migraine.
In many women, migraine tends to recur at some point of their menstrual cycles regularly, either before, during or after the menses. This is known as a menstrual migraine and it is related to the hormonal changes that occur in the body during the menstrual cycle. Menstrual migraines tend to disappear during pregnancy.
There are certain common factors which trigger the onset of migraine in many patients. These are as follows:
Hormonal changes before, during and after the menses in women
Birth control pills
Physical or mental stress
Irregular meals or skipping a meal
Certain food articles
Excess of noise or light
Once identified, the patient must modify his lifestyle so as to avoid these triggers wherever possible.
Migraine Homeopathic Treatment
Migraine headache finds research proven and effective treatment using homeopathy. Dr Shah's clinical work has been well documented. Contrary to the conventional treatment, which is governed by the use of painkillers, antispasmodics, more of symptomatic homeopathic treatment is targeted at the root level, which offers amazing results without side effects.
The homeopathic treatment for Migraine is based on the individual case study of the patient's disease, its causative factors, the genetic pattern, mindset, etc. The treatment plans thus designed is addressed towards correcting the psychosomatic pathways and genetic disposition, in turn treating migraine from within.
Dr Rajesh Shah, M.D. has researched on Migraine and other chronic diseases for over 20 years. His research-based molecules have international patent pending. His unique treatment protocol is made available to his patient's world over. At this point, there are patients from 127 countries under Dr Shah's care, which has been a world record.
The duration of treatment:
The total length of treatment varies from case to case, depending on the following factors:
Duration of Migraine
Severity and frequency of attacks.
Drug dependency on conventional medicines.
General health and associated diseases
Most patients receiving treatment observe improvement within eight weeks. The total length of medication may be between six months to one year or longer.
Why homeopathy for Migraine?
The major benefits of homeopathy could be summarized as under:
It addresses psychosomatic pathways hence gives deep-level healing
It offers long-lasting cure instead of temporary relief.
It is absolutely harmless, safe and non-toxic.
Besides some of the following ingredients, the product contains Dr Shah's international Patented, Research-based, highly effective medicines
Dr Shah's patented molecules