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Migraine

Bryan Applications, M

A paroxysmal type of headache, migraine or megrim is usually accompanied by sickness and vomiting, and so is called sick-headache also. Another name for it is hemicrania, as the headache is generally limited to one side. Heredity often plays a part in its causation, and there may be a gouty habit. Eye strain, carious teeth and nasal or aural disease sometimes are responsible, at any rate in part.

Attacks may occur every few days, or at intervals of months, and may last from a few hours to two or three weeks. Warning of an attack may be given by tingling sensations in the limbs, impairment of vision, flashing lights, noises in the ears, mental depression or other phenomena. A patient wakes in the morning with a feeling that an attack is impending.

Site and nature of the pain:

The pain is described as being of a sharp, boring character, and may begin in the temple, in the eyeball or in the forehead, and it tends to spread. Vomiting may relieve it, but in any case the patient is prostrated. In some persons, while the visual phenomena above described are present, there is no headache; in others there may be only periodical attacks of vomiting, which may be ascribed to biliousness, though actually migrainous in nature.

If there is warning of an attack, a sharp saline purge may avert it. During an attack the patient should lie down in a quiet room, with hot-water bottles at his feet. Sometimes hot or cold applications to the head, or a mustard plaster at the nape of the neck, may be beneficial.

Phenacetin, antipyrine and similar drugs are given, but repeated doses should not be given without medical advice, as in migraine the drug may not be absorbed during the attack and dangerous symptoms of over dosage by these powerful drugs may manifest themselves when the patient begins to recover.

In the intervals of attacks the state of the eyes, nose, mouth and ears should be examined to determine whether or not there is any local cause for the headache. The diet should be like that given for gout in many instances, and in every case the quantity of meat should be restricted. A strict vegetarian diet is often most suitable. The bowels should be kept freely open. The course of life should be as free from worry and strain as possible, and a fair amount of open-air exercise should be taken.

Some drugs are often taken with advantage, and in some inveterate cases more relief has been got by the use of a drug than from anything else. See: Headache..

Application and treatment:

A syndrome characterized by periodic headaches, often one-sided, and accompanied by nausea, vomiting and various sensory troubles. It is more common in women and follows a consistent pattern so that it can often be predicted when it will start, how severe it will be, and its length. The headache is described as a throbbing pain in the forehead, temple or back of the head. The neck may also throb. It may cause a disturbance in vision with temporary blindness, blinding flashes of light or blurred sight, ear noises, and mental depression. It may be caused by food or inhalants, bacteria, or gums which infect him.

These troubles may be readily controlled by changing the drugs, food preservatives and pesticides from negative polarity to positive polarity.

Positive pad applications to the major joints may also be of some help, inside the knee, above the ankle, elbows, and between thumb and forefinger are suggested.

Dizziness is caused by hives or swelling of the delicate structures of the internal ears. In some people it has been caused by sweet potatoes; another was attacked by garlic and doing away with garlic eliminated the dizziness.

Children eating foods that they cannot digest causes nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea. There may be ulcerations in the mouth, throat, stomach or intestines. Trial and elimination diets and mostly polarizing the food and drinks and vitamins, herbs and pills before they are eaten can provide great aid to digestion which suffers from negative polarity food and drinks, etc.

One patient drank grape wine or champagne which brought on an attack of hives as well as pain in the neck.

Migraine

In migraine:

1. Arteries within the brain fill up and enlarge;
2. Arteries in the scalp fill up and enlarge;
3. Resulting pressure on these sensitive areas produces throbbing pain;
4. In action and reaction to head pain, neck muscles may contract in spasm causing additional pain.