Migraine headaches can severely affect your daily life, bringing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Migraines are more common in women and may be provoked by lack of sleep, menses, stress or muscular tension. Certain types of foods can provoke migraines, such as processed foods, foods that contain MSG or foods that contain tyramine, such as red wine and aged cheeses.
Doctors usually diagnose migraines by the symptoms. Imaging is not typically necessary unless your doctor thinks there may be another cause.
Treatment of migraines includes ibuprofen or acetaminophen for mild types and triptans or ergot medications for more severe migraines. There are other natural ways to treat migraines:
Migraine headaches are quite common, but they need not to be common for you. Consider making an appointment with a naturopathic doctor to explore other means of prevention and treatment.
— By Emily Lesnak, ND, naturopathic doctor and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
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