Did you know that in the UK, 1 in 7 people are affected by migraine? This results in almost 200,000 migraine attacks every day. It’s the most prevalent neurological condition in the world, and for many a condition that they have to deal with one too many times.
Common types of migraine
The two common types of migraine can be categorized as follows:
- Migraine with aura
- Migraine without aura
Establishing the fact whether you’re experiencing a migraine or a regular headache can be difficult, as migraine sufferers are also likely to experience headaches on the regular. We recommend keeping a migraine diary, where you record vital details of your migraine attacks. For example, you can record information on the frequency of attacks, the location of the pain and what symptoms you have. It is also valuable to write down details on your nutrition, amount of sleep and work activities.
Migraine with aura — additional neurological symptoms
If you’re suffering from migraine attacks with aura, a throbbing headache is often accompanied by sight problems, such as seeing dark and coloured spots, sparkles and zigzag lines. You can also feel a weakness on one side of the body, and some also find that they are spinning on their feet. These symptoms occur before the actual headache starts, and in some cases only a mild headache follows or even no headache at all.
It is vital that you see a GP or a qualified pharmacist to get a proper diagnosis when you suspect you might be experiencing regular migraines. Especially when you encounter temporary vision loss or zigzag lines in your field of vision, conditions such as stroke or retinal tear need to be ruled out.
Migraine without aura — experienced by 70-90% of migraine sufferers
The more common type of migraine, which is migraine without aura, is experienced by 70-90% of migraine sufferers. This type is most likely to happen on one side of the head, accompanied by a throbbing or pulsating pain. The likelihood of getting one of these migraines ranges from once a year to several times per week.
Your doctor can help you find the right medication for your situation, which can be either pain-relieving or preventive medication. Aspirin or ibuprofen for instance, can help you relieve a mild migraine. There are also some personal measures that you can take, for example, mild exercise like jogging dancing or swimming for 30 minutes, three times a week helps in relieving the severity of migraines. Additionally, you can try taking supplements like magnesium and vitamin b2, as well as eliminating a big migraine trigger like caffeine out of your main diet. From staying consistent in your exercising to monitoring your sleep, sticking to a routine can help prevent the frequency of your migraine attacks.
So, how can we help?
We fortunately stock a selection of products that can help relief your migraine pain almost instantly. Try out MigraHerb, which is a traditional herbal remedy used for the prevention of migraines. Additionally, the Paingone pen comes with an acupuncture guide which shows three main points on the hand which can be used as acupuncture points for the TENS treatment.