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Migraine Pain - Causes and Treatments

For most migraine sufferers, ibuprofen, aspirin and other over the counter pain relievers do not provide relief from the excruciating pain caused by sudden and inexplicable migraines. Not only are migraines the most painful type of headache, they also cause nausea and vomiting, dizziness and extreme sensitivity to light. Doctors can prescribe certain medications for migraines that offer a combination of narcotics and analgesics that help the person sleep off the migraine. However, these sedatives fail to address the primary reason behind a migraine attack, which involves abnormal blood vessel dilation in the brain. Drugs that reverse dilation of blood vessels called triptans and ergotamines are available but cause nausea and vomiting in most people.

What Causes a Migraine?
Research into migraine causes has, unfortunately, discovered that hundreds of different things may provoke a migraine in people susceptible to them--certain foods, changes in weather conditions, hormone instability, perfumes or emotional situations. Some people receive a kind of "warning" before a migraine attacks, ranging from visual anomalies like flickering lights to seeing misty halos around solid objects. Others may experience strange tastes or smells when none actually exists.

Women seem to suffer more from migraines than men do, an occurrence that scientists believe involves the hormone estrogen. Additionally, an imbalance of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood, appetite and sleep, is often found in people with a history of migraines. Migraines may also harbor a genetic component, since migraines commonly appear within families rather than in isolation.

Treatments for Migraines
Supplemental to prescription and OTC medications that many people do not like to take because of side effects are alternative migraine treatments that include herbal and plant-based medicines providing pain relief without the use of synthetic chemicals.

An herb called feverfew contains pain-relieving phytochemicals called parthenolides that may reduce migraine pain without the nausea and vomiting caused by other medicines. Feverfew also seems to help control spasms affecting blood vessels that dilate uncontrollably during a migraine attack.

Taking magnesium supplements may alleviate migraine pain, since people suffering from repeat migraines often have insufficient amounts of magnesium in their bodies. Additional alternative treatments include therapeutic massage, chiropractic procedures and acupuncture.

For direct and immediate relief of migraine pain, Ateevia provides a powerful, proprietary compound made of phytonutrients clinically proven to minimize inflammation and reduce blood vessel dilation indicative of a migraine headache. Unlike other analgesic creams, Ateevia has no offensive smell nor does it irritate the skin with harsh, drying chemicals. Moreover, Ateevia does not interact with other medications you may be taking and can be rubbed directly into the temple area where most migraines tend to cluster to provide soothing relief.

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