Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I have a friend with migraine headaches (don’t we all have at least one, if we ourselves are not the sufferer?).
She used to spend time each month lying next to the toilet with her cheek on the cold tile floor.
Thirty-six million people in this country have this disorder—a group of neurological symptoms rather than a headache.
Migraines usually occur on one side of the head (although they can come on both). Nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, or weird numbness can accompany. In a third of cases, the pain may be preceded by a shimmery aura.
Men can get these, but they occur three times more often in women. They can also run in the family.
You need to figure out what your triggers are—maybe keep a journal. Go to NIH for more info-- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001728/
There are therapies—ranging from pills or injectables to acupuncture and massage.
The cold bathroom floor is not the only approach.