What are the Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Methods of Teenage Migraine?
Migraine is severe, intense recurring headache that affects blood vessels, nerves and brain chemicals due to which auras (a visual phenomena), dizziness, vomiting and nausea accompanies it. It's a disabling neurological syndome, a condition where changes in visual sensation includes light flashes, spots and flickers along with distortion of shapes such as wavy lines, flickers, zig-zagging lights, semi-circular or crescent-shaped visual defects are quite prevalent. Sometimes diarhea also occurs. These are just the main symptoms of teen migraine but it can also affect their concentration, sense of sounds, smells, or movement. Other symptoms could be having headache more than two times a week, withdrawl sign from caffeind and msg foods, Statistics how that about 28 million people who are living in the United States are affected by migriane, and more than 8 millions of children suffer from it, although their is shorter than adults in terms of how long the illness period is. About 5 percent of teens are considered to have this chronic daily headaches and most of them are women. This makes them miss school for days and weeks. One reason girls or female teenagers are very common is because of their hormone. And in Taiwan a study performed shows that teens with migraines had one or more psychiatric disorder, with 21 percent suffering from depression, and 19% having panic disorder. That's a lot. There was a report published somewhere that said more that 50 percent of teens complain of having at least one headache in a month; now the hard thing is to understand what do they really consider migraine - meaning are they over or under rarting it.
There are mainly two types of teenager migraine - tension headache, where you feel tightened around your forehead often caused by pressure and arguments whereas psychogenic headache is more caused by emotional issues such as depression problem.
So what causes migraines among teenagers? There are many reasons; some are theories while others are proven to be true. But we will list all the causes of teen migraines. Another reason is that each individual is very different so one factor that is causing migraine is one teenager might not be true in another. But there are tricks and methods that parents can try to find out the triggers that is triggering their teens to go through this throbbing headaches. This method can also help prevent their teenage kids migraines. There are certain foods and drinks that have chemicals that could easily trigger susceptible teens; these chemicals include tyramine, MSG (mono sodium glutenate) and nitrates, which are often found in nuts, cheese, hot dogs, sea foods, strawberries, homemade bread, luncheon meats, nuts, pizza, citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, fried foods, salad bars, chinese food, chocolate, alcoholic beverages (speceilly the red wine) and chocolate. As you can, most of the foods we listed above are healthy so it is upto the parents to figure out which food is triggering the migraine. Other causes of teenage migraines are missing the meals that leads to fatigue and change in sudden blood sugar level, bright lights such as that of fluorescent lighting, cold, sinus and congestions, hormone level, stressful situations, loud noises, lack of chemical hormone serotonin, physical exercise, dehydration, bad sleep patterns, and tiredness. According to a study published by the U.S. National Headache Foundation through a grant from drug maker Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Inc, teenage migraines are under treated. Of the 31 percent of teens who met the criteria for preventative treatment of migraines, only 19 percent received it. Of those who never used preventative medicine, 24 percent were eligible for such treatment, the study said.
If you do seek a treatment, which is strongly recommended especially if keeps on occuring, for teen migraine, it is very important to note down when, where and how the migraine attack occurs. How often it occurs; any kind of history of spinal, nerve or head injury; how severe the pain is and whether or not you are able to predict it in advance. There are some nature herbal treatments too, but the most popular one among them is CoQ10, which is an antioxidant and a natural supplement with helping mitochondria function better. CoQ10 accompanied by magnesium has proven to both prevent and treat headache pain. If you don't have access to medical help right away, you can try treating it by yourself to some extent by lying down in a quite dark room to relax; you can also enjoy listenig to music or watching TV. Do research about nasal spray or a behavioral therapy that has been successful remedies. A lot of people take pain medications such as Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen to treat migraine by themself when the condition to not too severe. But it is always recommeneded to consult with a doctor and your family physician.