Lifestyle cause of headaches and migraines?

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Lifestyle cause of headaches and migraines?

(31.08.2010) After an international team of researchers recently discovered a risk gene for migraines, the General Secretary of the German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG), Stefanie Förderreuther, was asked to put the importance of lifestyle in connection with migraines back in the foreground to move up the discussion. Because genetic causes cannot be influenced by those affected, the lifestyle can and in many cases it is decisive for the occurrence of migraines and tension headaches.

Numerous studies have shown that obesity, little exercise and smoking, frequent consumption of alcohol and coffee etc. massively increase the risk of migraines. Stefanie Förderreuther has now brought the focus of the discussion back to these risk factors in the run-up to the German Headache Day next Sunday. According to her, however, it is not enough to exercise and eat healthy, but relaxation techniques and stress management strategies should also be used to prevent migraines. An irregular daily schedule as well as professional and private stress are poisonous for those affected and can trigger migraines, explains the expert. Leaving out a meal or not getting enough fluids during the day can significantly increase the likelihood of a migraine attack. It depends very much on the person who stimulates the risk of migraines, so Stefanie Förderreuther advises those affected to keep a so-called headache calendar in order to identify personal risk factors or triggers.

As long as the new treatment approaches such. For example, if the "botox therapy" is not fully developed and approved in Germany, the patient only has to adapt his or her lifestyle to prevent the risk of migraines. In the treatment of symptoms, classic painkillers are still predominantly administered today. According to the expert, the problem is that most of these substances can lead to headaches if they are consumed excessively. For example, with the administration of the painkiller "Triptane" more than ten days a month, the migraine attacks increase noticeably, explained the managing director of the DMKG.

Around eight million people suffer from migraines in Germany, with around 17 percent of women and eight percent of men affected. The intensity of the symptoms varies considerably among the different patients and ranges from pulsating headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise to vomiting, balance problems, tunnel vision, speech disorders and numbness in the fingers and arms. Alternative methods from naturopathy can also help those affected to relieve the pain. Various methods such as biofeedback, rejection procedures (e.g. cupping), fasting and neural therapy, homeopathy, osteopathy and relaxation procedures, acupuncture and arm and foot baths have already been used successfully in migraine patients. A prerequisite for appropriate naturopathy treatments is an analysis of the causes of the pain as part of a medical history with the treating therapist. (fp)

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