Migraine | Migraine Relief Treatment

Hey guys you're probably here because you want to know all about migraines

why we get them? who gets them?treatments and loads more

well I'm going to answer that question along with many other questions in this

week's responding to your comment where we look at fun questions

we look at science-based questions but most importantly we always look at the

evidence m make a video on migraines i have a lot

of problems with it please ritesh thank you for your comment this

was a comment from a story that i did and of course i'm going to try my best

to help you this is going to be quite a long video

we're going to look at the causes of migraines we're going to look at

treatments we're going to look at when you should

see medical attention and loads more so what i'm going to do

is i'm going to leave a chapter sort of breakdown in the description below so

you can look at look at it at any point whilst i'm

talking in the video if you want to find any specific information

there's a break down there so feel free to use it okay so let's begin with the

common symptoms of a migraine so it's usually an

intense headache on one side of the head typically on the front of the head

where it can be on both sides or it can start on one side

and spread to both sides the pain is usually a moderate or

severe throbbing sensation and it gets worse as we move which is why it's so

debilitating having a migraine because it stops you from doing all your normal

activities now in addition to these you may also

experience other symptoms like feeling sick having an increased sensitivity to

sounds and lights sweating having poor concentration by

the way this list goes on so what i'm going to do is i'm going to leave a full

list in the description below in fact there's

going to be loads more information about everything that we speak about

in the description below too now an important fact for you to remember is

that yes some people may get these additional symptoms that

we just spoke about with their headache but some people may not even get a

headache they might just get the additional symptoms that we just

spoke about with their migraine so what i'm trying to say is

we're all different everyone's different and everyone reacts differently and has

different symptoms with their migraines the symptoms of a migraine can last

between four hours and three days and you may

feel really tired and shattered for up to a week afterwards so if you're

not someone who suffers from migraines and you're now learning about

it i hope you realize just how debilitating they can be

now one in three people with migraines have a temporary warning symptom

known as an aura before a migraine they develop over five minutes

and last up to an hour now the symptoms of an aura are different for each

individual some people experience visual symptoms

such as blind spots flashing lights and other people experience symptoms

like pins and needles and loads more the list is quite vast so once again i'm

going to leave loads more information about it

in the description below so we now know about the symptoms of a migraine we know

about auras but what causes the migraine well the

exact science is actually unknown where it's thought to be a

result of abnormal brain activity which affects the nerve signals blood

vessels and chemicals within the brain so it's not quite clear what's causing

this abnormal brain activity but it's thought

that our genes can make us more susceptible to migraines

from triggers and there's loads of different triggers that can potentially

cause migraines from hormonal to emotional to dietary to environmental

to medicinal there's loads of different causes and if we go through all them

right now we're going to be here till tomorrow

so once again i'm going to leave more of the causes and triggers in the

description below for you now let's move on to treatments there's currently

no cure for migraines but we do have treatments for symptomatic relief of

them and what i mean by there's no cure for

migraines is let me give you an example let's say for example

you have a bacterial respiratory tract infection and you get prescribed

antibiotics and then the antibiotics kill the

bacteria so you're cured so with migraines we don't have that

cure and instead we have symptomatic relief which is why it can take some

time to find out the best treatment for you

so it might mean one treatment it might need a combination

to give you the best symptomatic relief so let's work through it step by step

and please remember certain techniques may work for you and

it may not work for others and vice versa

because migraines are quite unique to the individual so i guess it all comes

down to a bit of trial and error now at the start of a migraine attack the best

thing that you can do is either go to sleep or lie down in a

quiet darkened room this is one of the best things that you

can do at the start of an attack but i do appreciate this is quite idealistic

because you never know where you're going to be when you're having an attack

you could be at work or you could be at home so if you're at

home this is a good thing to know other people find that eating a little

something makes them feel better and some people find that once they've been

sick they feel much better now let's move on

to painkillers many people who suffer from migraines

find symptomatic relief from painkillers that you can get over the counter

for example paracetamol or ibuprofen but please remember before taking

any medication always speak to your pharmacist first so they can check that

you're safe and suitable to use that medication and

always read the information leaflet that comes with it this is one of the most

important things that everyone should do now whilst we're on the subject of

painkillers there's two things that i want you to remember

one take the painkiller as soon as you get those symptoms of a migraine

the ones that we spoke about earlier as soon as you get your first symptoms of a

migraine you need to take your painkiller this is

going to give it time to absorb and get into your bloodstream and start

working two don't wait until it's too late if

you're gonna take your painkiller once your migraine symptoms are fully there

it's probably not gonna be effective so we now know that with painkillers

speed is probably one of the most important factors about getting the most

symptomatic relief because it's gonna absorb into your bloodstream

quicker and it's going to have an effect sooner also bear in mind

it might be worth speaking to your health care professional about getting

soluble medication soluble medication actually absorbs faster than a tablet or

a capsule will so it's going to have that onset effect

a lot faster but please bear in mind soluble medication

well it tastes really bad it's also worth mentioning because i know there

will be people watching this video who vomit quite regularly when they have

a migraine now if you are one of those people and if you're taking a painkiller

orally and you're throwing up then that painkiller doesn't have enough time to

absorb so it's not really going to work properly

now an option for someone who vomits quite often when they have a migraine

would be to get painkiller in a suppository version

that way you're not really worried about throwing up because it's still going to

absorb now painkillers can be effective but

please remember that taking any painkiller too

often can actually make migraines worse we call this a medication overuse

headache so what i'm going to advise you all to

do is to speak to your healthcare professional if you feel like you're

having to take your pain for this quite frequently

or if you feel that over-the-counter painkiller just aren't being effective

so i did tell you this is going to be a long video i hope you're getting on okay

with it now let's say for example those

over-the-counter painkillers or any painkillers you've been prescribed and

not helping you've made that appointment to speak to

your healthcare professional they're going to talk to you about different

treatment options they may talk to you about different

treatment options for example prescription medication like tryptans or

antimatics anti-sickness tablets basically so let's

quickly run through them and find out a bit more information

about them so let's begin with tryptans these are a specific medication for

migraines and it's thought that it reversed some

of the changes in the brain that cause migraines so for example

if you remember earlier we said one of these changes was the fact that blood

vessels widen around the brain now these

tryptans it's thought that they constrict these blood vessels

another option that your healthcare professional may discuss with

you are anti-sickness tablets or antimetics which we call them in the

healthcare world now they're very good for symptoms of

sickness and vomiting and nausea that you get with migraines

but please remember that these antioxidant treating migraines so even

if you're not getting sickness the feeling of sickness or nausea or

anything like that they can actually be quite useful for the other symptoms of

migraines as well so it's useful for you to know that but

please once again remember you will have to discuss all of these

with your healthcare professional and always remember to read the

information leaflet that comes with any medication

and speak to your pharmacist or your doctor to check that it's safe and

suitable to use any of these combination medicines are

also another option to discuss certain combination medicines can be

purchased from your pharmacy once you've had a chat with your

pharmacist they usually contain things like a painkiller

and the anti-sickness i do think combination medicines do have a

convenience factor because they're a lot easier to take

but there are a lot of products out there so it's really important that you

speak to your pharmacist so they can check your symptoms and

recommend the best product for you and also make sure once again that

you're safe and suitable to take that medicine and like i always

say with any medicine always read the information leaflet that

comes with it i am really talking a lot in today's video but this is a really

big topic and i'm trying my best to summarize it to the best of my ability

for you now let's move on to complications which

is probably one of the most important parts of this video

and i really want you to try and remember as much as you can from it

okay so i think the best way for me to give you this information is to just

list through them so let's begin if you're having migraines for more than

five days a month you need to speak to your healthcare professional

and get those symptoms reviewed also even if your symptoms are being

controlled medicines you still need to make an appointment

with your healthcare professional and get the migraines reviewed

migraines are also associated with a small increased risk of ischemic strokes

so this means if you have any of the following symptoms

you need to call an ambulance straight away paralysis or weakness

in one or both arms or one side of the face

slurred or garbled speech a sudden agonizing headache resulting in pain

which is so severe that you've never experienced before a headache along with

a high temperature stiff neck mental confusion seizures

double vision and a rash these symptoms can be a sign of something much more

serious like a stroke that i've just mentioned

or even meningitis so it's very important that you remember

them and if they ever happen if you ever get any of these symptoms

you need to dial for an ambulance straight away and get emergency help

i will also leave loads more information about these in the description below

so please read them and please remember them thank you for your comment ritesh i

really hope this information helps you and it helps anyone else who's watching

i did also make a video not long ago all about how to prevent headaches and

migraines and some really useful tips on there

so if you haven't seen that video i will leave a link to it up here and in the

description below and if you have any of your own tips on

how to treat a migraine and what helps it

please leave a comment below too because i'd love to read it and i'm sure

everyone else watching this video would too

now usually in responding to comments we would now go on to the next comment but

i feel like this video is going to be so long and to be quite honest with you

i'm so tired now after this video i've just had to change the battery as well

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