According to Web MD
Migraines and Headaches
Migraines are painful
headaches often accompanied by
nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.
Who Gets Migraines?
Headache Foundation estimates that 28 million Americans suffer from
migraines. More women than men get migraines and a quarter of all women
with migraines suffer four or more attacks a month; 35% experience 1-4
severe attacks a month, and 40% experience one or less than one severe
attack a month. Each migraine can last from four hours to three days.
Occasionally, it will last longer.
What Causes Migraines?
causes of migraines are unknown, although they are related to changes
in the brain as well as to genetic causes. People with migraines may
inherit the tendency to be affected by certain migraine triggers, such as
fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, and others.
For many years, scientists believed that migraines
were linked to expanding and constricting blood vessels on the brain's
surface. However, it is now believed that migraines are caused by
inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain.
There is a migraine "pain center" or generator in
the brain. A migraine begins when hyperactive nerve cells send out
impulses to the blood vessels, causing them to clamp down or constrict,
followed by dilation (expanding) and the release of prostaglandins,
serotonin, and other inflammatory substances that cause the pulsation to
What Triggers a Migraine?
Many migraines seem to be triggered by external
factors. Possible triggers include:
Emotional stress. This is one of the most common triggers of migraine
headache. Migraine sufferers are generally highly affected by stressful
events. During stressful events, certain chemicals in the brain are
released to combat the situation (known as the "flight or fight"
response). The release of these chemicals can provoke vascular changes
that can cause a migraine. Repressed emotions surrounding stress, such
as anxiety, worry, excitement, and fatigue can increase muscle tension
and dilated blood vessels can intensify the severity of the migraine.
Sensitivity to specific chemicals and preservatives in foods. Certain
foods and beverages, such as aged cheese, alcoholic beverages, and food
additives such as nitrates (in pepperoni, hot dogs, luncheon meats) and
monosodium glutamate (MSG, commonly found in Chinese food) may be
responsible for triggering up to 30% of migraines.
Caffeine. Excessive caffeine consumption or withdrawal from caffeine can
cause headaches when the caffeine level abruptly drops. The blood
vessels seem to become sensitized to caffeine, and when caffeine is not
ingested, a headache may occur. Caffeine itself is often helpful in
treating acute migraine attacks.
Changing weather conditions. Storm fronts, changes in barometric
pressure, strong winds, or changes in altitude can all trigger a
Changes in normal sleep pattern
Massage can help.
Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine
Headaches or the “Migraine Miracle” is a patented treatment created by
Kelly Lott L. M. T. that David has been trained and certified to
administer. It involves the use of cold marble placed on the head and
face in a specific fashion resulting in the relief of a variety of
headaches that range from migraines to allergy sinus headaches.
Cold Stone Massage of the head and face
helps to slow the flow of blood to the head and relieve pressure on the
arteries near the brain. While the cold stones are alleviating your pain
the muscles in your neck and shoulders relax and the tension adding to
your pain is eased.