Why Migraines Make You Sick – Controlling Nausea and Vomiting During Attacks
Migraineurs are commonly ill when experiencing such intense headaches. In fact, WebMD notes that 8 out of every 10 Americans experience nausea with migraines. I can see that. Stomach problems are common when migraines come into play. Even worse, is the vomiting that occurs during an attack.
So, why do migraines make you sick, and what can you do naturally to control these symptoms? Let’s take a look first at the “why,” and then we’ll move on to the “how.”
Why Are Migraines Making Me So Sick?
Pain is nauseating. Period. To better understand why, consider nausea and vomiting may be linked to brain and inner ear disturbances. This may be indicated by vertigo or dizziness experienced by most migraineurs. Migraine.com states theories dating back to Hippocrates noting vomiting may deter the pain and make it more manageable. Have you experienced this? Let me know in the comments!
To make it worse, migraines can cause a host of other symptoms besides just nausea and vomiting, including:
- Extreme sensitivity to light, smell, touch, or sound
- Visual disturbances (aura)
- Muscle tension
- Numbness in the face, hands, or feet
What Can I Do About The Nausea And Vomiting?
Nausea can often be controlled by staying hydrated. That means drinking lots of water. I always recommend when you notice signs of a migraine coming – drink a large glass of water or two.
You can also wear loose fitting clothes and keep the lights dim to prevent a trigger or worsening of the symptoms that lead to nausea. If you can control the nausea, you can likely prevent the vomiting, which may help reduce the duration or severity of the migraine.
Don’t forget that research and health literacy is a good approach to helping eliminate symptoms. Reading this blog is just the start of a journey towards treating yourself with respect and care that can really change your life. Keep on trekking!
Where You Can Start Your Migraine Recovery
Migraines can completely control your life, leaving you anxious, depressed and in chronic pain. I know, they used to control me too. So, why not just dope up on the “good meds” and call it a day? Well, the first answer is obvious: meds can be dangerously addictive. Second, all pharmaceuticals always have side effects, yes, even the over-the-counter kind. Third, these drugs never treat and will never fix the underlying problem.
Instead, it’s going to take research and patience on your part. There are many articles on my blog that can help direct you. Traditional medicine is simply a dead end. There is a newer approach that works better and is safer for your body. It’s called Functional Medicine, and it focuses on optimal functioning of the body and its organs through a holistic approach, instead of choosing medication based upon your current diagnosis.
Some examples of information you can find on my website include:
- Vitamin D Deficiency in your body. Having proper amounts of this nutrient have been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks.
- Vitamin B2 may prevent migraines, some studies suggest. Also called Riboflavin, I prescribe it because it helps maintain proper functioning at a cellular level.
- A Hormone Imbalance can also be the cause of your migraines. Specifically, a serotonin, or adrenal deficit could be the result of your chronic pain.
Regardless of your underlying cause, the symptoms, are very real. So, let’s tackle this together. Read my blog, do your research, and apply what you learn on your own. Whatever your path, it is my hope for your complete recovery.
WebMD – Headaches, Migraine, and Nausea
Vitamin D Council – New study finds low vitamin D levels may be related to migraines