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How do I know the difference between a headache and migraine?
When you experience pain in your head it can be difficult to determine if it’s a headache or a migraine. Differentiating between the two is important so that you may learn how to prevent future attacks from occurring.
What is a headache?
A typical headache is pressure and aching in your head. The pain can range from mild to severe and most often if you experience a headache the pain is on both sides of your head. Triggers for headaches can be brought on by stress, anxiety, and muscle strain. There are different types of headaches including: cluster headaches, sinus headaches and thunderclap headaches.
What is a migraine?
Migraines are very intense headaches. Symptoms can range, but the most common are:
- Pain in the temples
- Pain behind one ear or eye
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Vision loss or seeing spots
- Loss of appetite
When compared to a headache, migraine pain can become very severe. Some experience such intense pain they seek care at an urgent care center or emergency room. There is a natural solution. The Migraine Miracle® healing method incorporates cold stone therapy, proprietary essential oil blends and pressure point massage. This method provides a renewed sense of balance and harmony along with dramatic relief from migraine headaches without the use of prescription drugs.
Keeping a migraine journal
I often get asked “why should I keep a migraine journal?” The truth is recording details of your migraine attacks, no matter how big or small is imperative to finding out the triggers of your migraines.
What you should include in your journaling?
At the beginning you should record in your journal daily.
Notes should include:
- The date of your headache
- The time your headache started and ended
- Where the pain is located
- The type of pain (throbbing, piercing, etc.)
- Intensity of the pain on a scale from 1 to 10
- Where there any warning signals?
- Food and/or drink consumed before your headache began
- How much water you drank before the symptoms began
- How much sleep you got the night before
Get as detailed as possible in your journal. This helps pinpoint the triggers to help you figure out the pattern. And be sure not to rule anything out in advance. A trigger can be very sneaky.
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What are Migraines?
Migraines. Some say “Oh, it’s just a headache.” But to those that get migraines, it’s so much more than that. So what exactly are migraines?
Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They are characterized by severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. They are often accompanied by other symptoms, most often debilitating in nature. For example: nausea, weakness, difficulting speaking, numbness and sensitivity to light and sound.
How long do Migraines last?
The duration of a migraine can vary from person to person. Most often an attack can last anywhere from four to seventy two hours. The symptoms may vary throughout the duration of a migraine attack.
While experiencing a migraine a person can go through four different phases, although it is possible to skin one or more of these phases. The four phases include:
- Prodrome - this is known as the “pre-headache.” Symptoms that are unique to the prodrome phase of migraine can include yawning, cravings for specific foods, and frequent urination.
- Aura - this second phase of a migraine attack typically occurs before the head pain. Approx. 25-30% of migraine sufferers experience a migraine accompanied by either a visual aura or a sensory aura.
- Headache - this phase is primarily the intense pain phase. Throbbing, pulsating pain, light and sound sensitivity, pain on one side of the head, and nausea or vomiting.
- Postdrome - the last phase of a migraine is the one most commonly referred to as the migraine hangover. Leaving sufferers feeling wrung out, absolutely exhausted, achy, difficulty concentrating and scalp sensitivity.
How can you relieve the symptoms of a Migraine?
Kelly Lott’s Migraine Miracle® is a natural, safe, holistic and uniquely instinctual method for relieving the symptoms of migraine headaches.
Cold Stone Therapy
Cold stone therapy is one of the key factors in Migraine Miracle® holistic fusion. Our Cold Stones are specially designed and hand-crafted marble. Their color and structure is particularly suitable for maintaining the 36° temperature recommended for maximum relief of swollen blood vessels.
The set of stones fit strategic positions on the head and neck to relieve migraine pressure and pounding pain.
Aromatherapy is the second key factor in the Migraine Miracle ® method. The top four triggers most commonly suffered by migrainers are: Food Allergies, Environmental Agitation, Stress and Hormonal Imbalance. Our proprietary four blends are specifically made for migraine sufferers, subtle yet extremely effective.
Aromatherapy is an ancient art and science of applying essential oils to the body to promote health and harmony of the mind, body, and spirit
The inhalation of essentials oils stimulates the brain’s limbic system, which is involved in the formation of long-term memory, and is closely associated with the olfactory structures that have to do with the sense of smell. As a result, the brain releases chemicals, causing you to feel better. Performing specific pressure point massage in conjunction with aromatherapy may result in relaxation and have a calming effect.
To learn more about Migraines and how Migraine Miracle can naturally help calm, alleviate and ward off migraines, visit MigraineMiracle.com