Migraine

MIGRAINE



IT IS NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD
Migraine Is Connected To BALANCE In The Whole Body


Migraine -- thought to affect between 5% and 20% of the population -- is a headache characterized by intense throbbing (generally on one side of the head) and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Other frequent symptoms are constipation and diarrhea, abdominal pain, fluid retention, lethargy and sleepiness, as well as mood changes.

In migraine there is too much blood in certain parts of the head and the blood vessels become engorged and throb. (Some medications are aimed at constricting the blood vessels, to reduce the amount of blood.)

Typically, a migraine lasts from 8 to 24 hours, but quite frequently it can last as long as three days. There is a great deal of exhaustion as a result of the attack, and migraineurs typically feel washed out at the end, needing time to recover their energy and faculties.





CAUSES
(How Far Back Do You Want To Go?)


Though it seems that migraine runs in families, more immediate causes include triggers such as these:

Food and food additives; non-diet causes include eye strain, lack of sleep or tto much sleep, altitude changes (weather changes, bright or flashing lights, loud or low frequnecy noises, EMF fields (cell or portable phone) stress, strong odors, allergies, etc.

But what kind of biological MECHANISM may be responsible for migraine?





A THEORY

Traditionally, medical science has held that migraine originates somewhere in the brain stem. They think that something occurs deep in the brain, spreads to the surface of the brain and to the vessels on the skin surface (which causes the headaches) and from there affects the rest of the body.

But -- given the nausea, vomiting, etc. symptoms -- a migraine attack actually seems to involve a large part of the nervous system. The terrible throbbing headache is only one part of it. A migraine seems to be a kind of strung-out seizure of a large portion of the nervous system.

Migraine symptoms (stomach upset, nausea, etc.) suggest that a migraine may start in other parts of the body. These symptoms also indicate an involvement of the Sympathetic Nervous System (or Sympathetic NS).

(The Sympathetic NS, the Parasympathetic NS, and the Enteric NS compose the Autonomic system, which acts as a control system, maintaining stable, constant conditions in the body. These maintenance activities are generally carried out without our conscious control or sensation.)





HOW COULD OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY BE INVOLVED?
(Keep In Mind That Everything In The Body Is Connected)


Researchers are rediscovering the Enteric Nervous System, also called the abdominal brain. The abdominal brain is an extensive network of neurons widely distributed throughout the digestive system. This network regulates things like peristalsis, blood flow, secretion, and absorption. The cranial brain and the abdominal brain are connected to each other, like two computers in a network. The lower brain can influence the upper brain both through nerve reflexes and the production of neuropeptides.





WHAT COULD BE THE CONNECTING LINK?
(How About The Nervous System?)


There is a nerve link from the abdomen to the head -- the vagus nerve (10th cranial nerve). This connects to the medulla oblongata at the base of the brain, then affects the 5th cranial nerve (or trigeminal nerve) that goes to the face. Inflammation of this nerve leads to pain in the face, the teeth or gums, the sinus and the soft tissue of the face and head -- all characteristics of migraine.





WHAT IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE INFLAMMATION/STRESS?
(And What Can You Do About It?)


TOXINS. Toxins can be external (environmental) or internal. Internal toxins can come from partially digested or undigested food, chemical additives in our food, a diet of predominantly acid-forming foods, etc.

Toxins can either circulate directly in the bloodstream and affect the brain, and/or they can afffect the enteric or sympathetic systems and via them affect the brain. Whatever route they take, it seems clear that toxins are the cause of inflammation and pain of migraine. And toxins are formed because of imbalances in crucial body systems.




BOTTOM LINE: A BALANCED BODY DOES NOT MAKE MIGRAINES.

The brain-and-migraine is not an isolated system, unconnected to the rest of the body. Everything in the body is connected: by the nervous system, circulatory system, etc. Migraine can be affected (if not caused) by toxins virtually anywhere in the body. To prevent migraine we have to re-establish balance in key systems in the body, so that we are not hurt by our own toxins.




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Writer Sandra S. Feder had migraines for years. She found 5 areas of imbalance that were connected to her migraines. Stop Migraine Symptoms Naturally is the book she wrote, describing how she stopped her headaches. Read about this book, or sign up for her FREE e-course: 6 Nuggets Of Migraine Help at the website: http://www.avoidamigraine.com


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FOR RELIEF




Since engorgement of blood in the brain is a migraine symptoms, the objective of a relief technique is to: Draw the blood away from the head toward the extremities. One way is to soak the feet in very hot water, while at the same time putting an ice pack on the back of the neck. The aim is to cool blood flow to the head, while at the same time inducing the blood to flow away from the brain toward the feet. This use of two temperatures also helps to re-establish an equilibrium in blood circulation in the body.





Another Theory




Migraine may be caused by abnormal liver function (abnormal iron and manganese levels or ratios). The idea is that elevated levels of iron or manganese can trigger a migraine, and that the iron/ manganese ratio determines the side of the head that is affected.

If iron levels are high, any iron antagonist (like zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B2 or E) will help relieve the side-specific headache related to iron.

If manganese levels are high, any manganese antagonist (like potassium, calcium Vitamin B6 or C) will help that headache.

Since liver function is often below par in migraine sufferers, supplementing with milk thistle is often recommended.