Issues and Challenges

Fighting with Migraine is Not a Struggle Anymore

A migraine is usually a moderate to severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. There are a number of triggers that can cause a migraine, with each person having their own particular ones. However, sometimes one may not even be aware and unexpected triggers leading to painful headaches can leave you in a darkroom with no clue how it happened, when it started andto what extent will it be prolonged. Since migraines are  common among women, they  lead to non-productive days for them. 
Migraine is a common health condition caused due to poor physical or mental health. Various happenings around a patient may cause migraine, since the patient is very sensitive to a variety of things. Some common triggers include flickering lights, flash lights, disturbed routines, excessive usage of electronic devices, extra workload, high levels of sound, or immoderate usage of earphones. Certain foods and weather changes also sometimes become the reasons for triggering a migraine. Also causes of migraine are linked with mental health issues, stress levels, exertion and low blood pressure or sugar levels. Typically, a migraine can continue for up to three to four days even if you have taken a medicine with 8 hour gaps.
The good news is that, there is no need to worry about this anymore. Here, I will share my own experience because I have had migraines since my teens but now I have learnt to control it. When I joined university, I remained behind schedule due to frequent migraines, which used to continue for three to five days, and the condition used to get worse with each passing day my head would throb with continuous feeling of nausea and even vomiting. After being in this state every few weeks, my parents took me to a doctor who prescribed painkillers and asked me to try to find the reason behind my migraine. As there is no cure for migraines, your only option is to keep a check on your health condition or routine to find the cause so you can avoid them. However, once the migraine is triggered you should take a medicine immediately. As I was clueless about my triggers, I used to take the medicine immediately, but gradually the painkillers stopped being effective and I started to take high potency medicines one after the other.



I reached the conclusion that to relieve the pain I had to take the doctor’s advice and keep a check on where things went wrong when a migraine would start. For me it was usually an insufficient water intake. Moreover, my sugar level and blood pressure fell at times due to disturbed routine and sleepless nights when I used to work on my projects. At times, when I used to listen to music for hours using my earphones on a daily basis, it also resulted in triggering the migraine.
So, how did I learn to control it? after I learnt what my triggers were, the rest was fairly easy; all I needed to do was to make changes in my lifestyle inorder to avoid these triggers and that helped me keep my migraine under control.
Water Intake
Drinking adequate amount of water is the first and easiest thing to do to control the migraine. Drink at least 7 to 8 glasses of water daily, as the more water you take the better your chances of avoiding as well as managing a migraine.
Warm Milk and Dates
Sometimes increasing your water intake is not enough and the migraine doesn’t gets cured, in fact it gets prolonged. In this case, the trigger might be different, like hunger. If that is the case, you just have to consider that maybe your blood pressure or sugar levels are not fine, so take milk with a date. At times, however, increase in blood pressure may itself become a trigger, then as I mentioned above increased water intake can create a balance.
Blackcurrants
I have learnt that the best and easiest way to control migraines, is to have eight blackcurrants daily. Soak them in water overnight and eat them after waking up for Fajr or before breakfast. You might think it’s not working initially, but trust me, it works. Hang in there and after a month or two you will feel the difference and if it’s your cure keep taking it.
Milk Tea with Fennel 
If you are prone to migraines and you feel nausea or dizziness both at the same time, then another easy cure is to take milk tea with fennel, as sometimes the caffeine deficiency provokes the headache trigger and you lose your day resting in the dark room thinking why it happened. This tea helps in digestion and if you add fennel in it, this reduces stomach inflammation. 
Reciting Surah Al-Kawthar
Surah Al-Kawthar, if recited thrice holding the right palm to your forehead can also cure migraine, in my experience. Also the following dua can be a cure for your migraine, just recite it by holding your right palm to the specific side that aches.
Overall, in this condition I would recommend that even if you are feeling nausea drink and eat. Peach, lemon, and apple juice are good additions to your diet for recovery, and the consequent washing of your kidneys with lots of liquids is beneficial for your health.
The excess use of painkillers is my great concern, because of the side effects. If you can’t tolerate the pain and triggers, or you are in a meeting or busy where you can’t take a break from your work, then take the medicine and get going with your routine. But do take rest after each medicine for a little while, as it helps to relieve the pain, which can go on for days. Repeated usage of medicine causes depression as well as getting you addicted. Unfortunately, it also numbs your brain so you can’t feel any pain, so again check why, when and how it happened so you can avoid taking medicines unless absolutely necessary.
Migraines are complicated but if handled with care and at the right time, then they are unable to reach their critical peak. Once triggered, just go over the check list of your triggers and manage accordingly. I wish you a healthy and happy life. HH


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