An Migräne leidende Frau mit Händen auf der Stirn

Was ist mit Aura und Migräneschmerzen?

Migraine with no aura is a common type of migraine that does not have an aura. It has the same symptoms as a classic headache but does not have any aura. Migraine without aura can also be experienced by migraine sufferers who are primarily affected by migraine with aura.

Aura

Aura symptoms are often followed by headaches that have the characteristics of “migraine with aura”. The aura may not occur as often or it may not cause a headache. A migraine with aura is a classic type of migraine that is preceded by an aura. Aura lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, and is often followed by a headache.

The aura is very similar to a migraine, except that it is more intense. Around 15% of migraine sufferers know when the headache is coming. This is known as an “aura”. It is usually a visual symptom, such as an arc of sparkling(scintillating) zig-zag lines or a blotting out of vision or both. The changes in the cortex, which is the outer layer of your brain, are responsible for the aura.

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The typical aura is thought to be caused by a slow spreading depression in nerve cell activity. Auras usually appear between 20 and 30 minutes before a migraine attack. Patients also report a strange odor that they experienced before their migraine attack. A tingling sensation is also common in the arm and leg.

The classic migraine aura is characterized by symptoms that gradually build up and move slowly from one area of the body to the next. A migraine aura sufferer might notice a black spot in their field of vision. As mentioned, flashing lights or bright lines of zig-zag are often surrounding this black spot.

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What is the sequence of events that causes migraine and aura? These questions are still unanswerable. People with migraines are more susceptible to triggers than normal. Migraine attacks can be triggered by changes in body chemistry such as changes in menstruation, certain foods and dozens environmental influences such as weather changes. Any factor that can trigger a migraine attack is a migraine trigger.

Triggers can be classified as either behavioral, hormonal, infectious, dietary or chemical. While neither type of migraine is life-threatening, they can be chronic or recurring, interfering with a person’s daily activities. Both types of migraine have the usual symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and pain. They can also be affected by light and sound.

Behandlung

Treatment for migraines starts with painkillers for headaches and anti-emetics to nausea. Avoidance of triggers is important if possible. Specific anti-migraine medications can be used to treat migraine. Homeopathic drugs and special all-natural ingredient products like those found at the Centre for Pain Relief, Burlington, New Jersey, have been proven to be effective. Preventative drugs may be considered if the migraine condition is severe enough.

Triptans are the most common “reversal” medicine. Triptans increase the brain chemical serotonin’s effects, which reduces the severity of attacks and their duration. Topiramate and Propranolol (a beta blocker) have also been proven to be effective for migraine sufferers. According to Dr. Seymour Diamond M.D., the executive chairman of the National Headache Foundation, and the director of the Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago, migraine sufferers are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.