Stop Migrain Pain Now

The comforts and convenience of the modern world has ironically, transformed the lives of millions of people into a living hell. And it’s all because of migraine – a widespread disorder that currently affects over 120 million people worldwide.

As cities become more industrialized, they become the home of many migraine sufferers, owing to the high levels of tension, stress, excessive smoking and drinking, and other “evils” of the modern world. At present, an average of 1.4 million migraine attacks is reported yearly. Sadly, 46 percent of “migraineurs” said their doctors don’t understand them and 31 percent believe they can’t be helped.

That feeling was probably shared by our forefathers who desperately tried everything – from prayers to magic spells – to get rid of migraine. To ease the throbbing headache, Stone Age men drilled holes into the skull (a practice called trepanning or trephining) to release “evil spirits” that were supposedly causing the pain.

Noted migraine sufferers include the likes of painters Vincent van Gough and Claude Monet. French writer Guy de Maupassant complained that there were days he wanted to “stick a bullet” in his head. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, couldn’t attend school because of migraine while American basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who almost missed a game because of migraine, said he felt like there was an “alien inside my head, trying to get out my eyes.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer any longer. While the cause of migraine remains as elusive as ever, it led to the invention of several helpful drugs. There are two types of migraine medications – pain relievers and preventive medications. Pain relievers are taken during migraine attacks while preventive medicines are taken regularly to reduce the severity and frequency of attacks.

“Choosing a strategy to manage your migraines depends on the frequency and severity of your headaches, the degree of disability your headaches cause, and your other medical conditions. You may be a candidate for preventive therapy if you have two or more debilitating attacks a month, if you use pain-relieving medications more than twice a week, if pain-relieving medications aren't helping, or if your migraine signs and symptoms include a prolonged aura or numbness and impaired movement on one side of your body,” according to the Mayo Clinic