(djd). It usually starts harmlessly with a slight pressure behind one eye. However, migraine patients already know where this will lead: An excruciating one-sided pain, often perceived as dull, piercing, or pulsating. About 10 million Germans, three-fourth of them women, know these stressful attacks that may or may be preceded by so-called aurae such as vision, emotional or speech disorders that massively impair the patients’ quality of life. This is especially true, if the patients also suffer from nausea, vomiting, and light- and noise sensitivity. Working is impossible and all that patients can do is to retire to a darkened room. An attack may take as long as three days.
A pain diary provides a better overview
Many migraine patients take pain medication to make it through the work day. Apart from non-steroidal anti-rheumatic agents, effective migraine medication is available that break the pain stimulus while the actual attack continues in the background. All drugs may only be taken on ten days of the month because an overdose can cause an attack. Therefore, preventive measures are even more important. Keeping a pain diary records the amount of attacks and can help identify individual precursors, triggers and attendant symptoms as well as record the effectiveness of drugs and preventive measures.
Magnesium strengthens the nerve tracts
Apart from predisposition and stress, a magnesium deficiency can also promote migraine. Magnesium plays a central role when it comes to the excitability of the nervous system. Therefore, it might be advisable to ensure that you are not suffering from a magnesium deficiency. A recent study showed the effectiveness of this mineral nutrient. Migraine patients were given 300 milligrams magnesium citrate in the morning and in the evening. The medication significantly reduced the strength and length of the attacks. The guidelines of the German Migraine and Headache Society also recommend taking magnesium in high doses (300 milligrams twice a day) to prevent and treat migraine.