Migraines are a huge problem for many people. They are often associated with debilitating pain that can have someone throwing up and bedridden for up to 24 hours. As someone who knows these symptoms all too well, it’s with sympathy that I hear people describe to me the agony they go through when experiencing a migraine. There is nothing quite like it. The feeling of someone slowly turning a jagged knife behind both your eyes is not something I wish upon anyone. But why are migraines becoming so much more prevalent these days and why is prescription strength pain relief the only conventional treatment?
As a nutritional practitioner, we need to ask a lot of questions when it comes to migraines. They are almost always related to other symptoms such as palpitations, severe constipation, anxiety, insomnia, muscle cramps or severe menstrual pain. All of these factors are connected.
Whilst there is not one particular cause of migraines that can be applied to everyone (this is why so many people who suffer from migraines hear that it’s caused by a magnesium deficiency and find supplementation doesn’t really help them), there are still a wide range of contributing factors that should all be addressed, if required.
Here’s some of the contributing factors and causes to migraines that are unfortunately often overlooked by western medicine: