Many people suffer from migraine headaches for a variety of reasons. In my research, I saw numbers as high as 28 million people that are affected. I also saw an estimate of 15% of the population in the USA. That is 45 million people, or roughly 1 in 7 people. The medical industry doesn’t really know what causes people to get them, but they think it seems to be about 60% genetic. That is as useful as a 30 day weather report. They say if your parents get them, you are more likely to get them too. Of course, this does not really make it genetic or hereditary. It could be that we tend to have the same diets and breathe the same air as our parents. Correlation does not equal causation. There do seem to be some foods that are known as “trigger foods”. This is more useful (and probably correct) information. If you get migraines,you likely know what at least some of your trigger foods are. Be sure that MSG (in all of its hidden forms) is on your list to at least be aware of.
What is a Migraine?
The symptoms of migraine headaches can occur in various combinations and include:
- Moderate to severe pain (often described as pounding, throbbing pain) that can affect the whole head, or can shift from one side of the head to the other
- Sensitivity to light, noise or odors
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Sensations of being very warm or cold
- Fever (rare)
- Bright flashing dots or lights, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines (aura)
Symptoms of a Migraine
- Prodrome: A variety of warnings can come before a migraine. These may consist of a change in mood (for example, feeling “high,” irritable, or depressed) or a subtle change of sensation (for example, a funny taste or smell). Fatigue and muscle tension are also common. In some people, food cravings, constipation, and yawning may precede a migraine.
- Aura: This is commonly a visual disturbance that precedes the headache phase. Some migraine sufferers develop blind spots (called scotomas); see geometric patterns or flashing, colorful lights; or lose on one side (hemianopsia).
- Headache: Migraine pain usually appears on one side of the head. Sometimes a migraine occur on both sides. Throbbing pain may be present. Most people with migraine headaches feel nauseated, and some vomit. Most also become sensitive to light (photophobia) and sound (phonophobia) during a migraine.This phase may last 4-72 hours.
- Headache termination: Even if untreated, the pain usually goes away with sleep.
- Postdrome: Other signs of the migraine (for example, inability to eat, problems with concentration, or fatigue) may linger after the pain has disappeared.
How do you treat a Migraine?
Conventional treatments for migraines center around pain medications, including Big Pharma’s favorite product, addictive opioids. Some doctors will prescribe cardiovascular drugs as a preventive. For many patients improving blood flow provides significant relief, albeit at a financial and health cost.
Now that medical cannabis is becoming more widespread, many patients are discovering that inhaling cannabis can stop a migraine almost instantly. This is attributed to the almost instantaneous (< 5 minutes?) effect of THC to cause blood vessel dilation throughout the body and the brain. Inhaling bypasses the liver (if you ate it) and allows the THC to immediately affect the brain.
Our patented device is also proven to cause an improvement in blood flow of up to 30% by the end of an 8 minute session. Bring your migraine to one of our sessions to try it out. Or come to a seminar and learn about our technology, and then give us a call when we have an opportunity to see if this will work for you. We are totally non-invasive. There are no drugs or other chemicals involved, and no electrodes attached to your skin. We don’t treat pain or provide symptomatic relief. All we do is improve blood flow and the body does the rest. For most people, blood flow is at the root cause of their pain, so we can be both a relief and a preventive.