Migraine Affects 37 Million Americans, But What Is It and What is the Best Way to Treat It?

 

 

 

We always talk about migraines. But what are they? To explain it simply, it is brought about by the enlargement of the temporal artery (located just beneath the skin of our temple) coupled with the release of chemicals from the nerve fibers surrounding it. Inflammation of the blood vessel occurs and migraine headache follows. You need to google these things to understand them fully.

According to the latest numbers from National Library of Medicine approximately 2 % of Americans suffer from migraine with women more prone to it than men. The National Headache Foundation noted that more than 37 million individuals suffer from it. Other sources gave the figures at approximately 36 million for a difference of 1 million individuals. The number should give us an idea how wide spread this health condition is.

Some of the symptoms are nausea and vomiting and diarrhea.

People ages between 15 and 55 years old are the usual victims. About ¾ of the sufferers got it from their parents. It’s a DNA thing.

A new method of assessment, which was published in the January issue of the American Headache Society, explores the best available treatments at present to help ease the painful episodes of migraines. Scientific evaluation of the current drugs available for migraine treatment has revealed several of these were very effective.

Drugs adjudged to be “most effective” included triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), and many NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.  Also making the “most effective” list — butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medications sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine.

Other medicines were classified to be “probably effective” or “possibly effective.”

The assessment made comments on opioids such as butorphanol, codeine/acetaminophen and tramadol/acetaminophen are “probably effective,” however they are not suggested for regular use. .

The assessment made recommendations that when prescribing migraine medications, doctors should take into account how effective the medicine is and what are the possible side effects.

“The assessment will be used to create new AHS guidelines for migraine treatment.”

 

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  1. John St.Clair says

    A pinch of salt in Water can cure a migraine. Low salt in the body causes water to enter the brain cells making them expand in a fixed cavity.

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