Migraine headaches affect one out of every four households in the United States (about 28 million) and are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches. These debilitating headaches are rated as severe or extremely severe in 80 percent of patients, with 23 percent of those seeking emergency room treatments. Thirty-nine percent of sufferers report pain so severe that they are driven to their beds - sometimes for days at a time.
Migraine headaches are a biological disease characterized by throbbing head pain, usually located on one side of the head. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound. Attacks occur periodically and can last from four to seventy-two hours. The symptoms, severity, and length of attack can vary by individual and by attack.
In addition to the symptomatic pain caused by migraines, migraine patients must suffer the economic and social costs incurred due to loss of time from work, school, and household activities. The disabling pain and associated symptoms often prevent those who experience migraine headaches from performing their daily activities.
There are no specific tests that can determine whether your headache is a migraine. In order to help your physician make an accurate diagnosis, and to track what triggers your attacks, it is beneficial for you to keep a journal noting the location, severity, frequency, circumstances and duration of your headaches. Also note what over-the-counter medication(s) you take for your headaches and what helps you the most. Your physician will compare your symptoms to the criteria for migraine headaches set by headache specialists. Not all headaches are migraine headaches. There are many other types of headache and the efficacy of treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis of headache type.
There are several types of drugs available to help migraine sufferers, but the choice must be made on an individual basis, based on the relief offered and the medicine's subsequent side effects. People who don't want to use drug treatments may find some relief with riboflavin (400 mg daily) and magnesium (400 mg daily). However, these seem to provide only limited benefit. In a clinical study, it was shown that Natur-Leaf ®, a natural supplement, could be beneficial for people with recurrent migraine symptoms. Natur-Leaf is a unique natural immune modulator consisting of a proprietary blend of five different plant sprouts, the African potato root and Pygeum africanum. In addition to providing your immune system with the highest concentration of sterols/sterolins (good plant fats) Natur-Leaf ® also provides vital phytonutrients.
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