Marathon and Other Ways to Combat Migraine

With such a serious disorder as migraine one can even win a marathon. It is not an impediment to the full life if a migraineur finds proper treatment, using standard and non-standard methods.

What Is Migraine?

A migraine is a racking headache that can be followed by nausea, vomiting, tingling in the arms and legs and increased sensitivity to sound and light. Migraines cause the excruciating pain that can continue for hours or even days. In fact, 36 million Americans, around 12% of the population, suffer from this disorder. Migraine treatment is aimed at preventing a full-blown attack, and relieving symptoms if they appear. This treatment commonly involves taking drugs to control symptoms and avoid attacks. Along with pharmaceutical treatment, there are some other ways that can be useful for people with migraine.

Win over Migraine

Undoubtedly, a migraine is a serious disorder that brings much discomfort and trouble to a person. However, even a severe migraine can not be an impediment to winning a marathon as it happened to Dr. Hutchinson. She is a certified headache specialist and migraineur who despite her health problems decided to take part in an Ironman 70.3, a competition that consisted of 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, and won it in her age group. While preparing for the competition, she had a migraine attack and used a drug to stop her symptoms that disappeared within 30 minutes.

Useful Exercises

At first, trying to alleviate her migraine symptoms, Dr. Hutchinson started investigating this subject and took on extra training. Later she became a certified headache specialist and opened a migraine and headache center in Irvine to help migraine patients. She also wrote two books on the subject. As a result of her long migraine experience and investigations, Dr. Hutchinson came to a conclusion that one of the most essential factors in relieving migraine symptoms was exercise. Starting with slow and cautious movements, over the years of practice she acquired strength in cycling and swimming. She believes that not only drugs can help control migraine symptoms, doing different exercises 3-4 times a day for 10 minutes also brings positive results to a migraine patient. By her own experience she proved that swimming, taking walks, practicing yoga, cycling, doing squats and other activities were effective in preventing migraines.

Exercises as an Option

The Sahlgrenska Academy has also carried out a study which was to prove that at preventing migraines, exercises are as effective as drugs. As a result, it has been found out that exercise can act as an alternative to medicines and relaxation procedures and it is suitable for migraine patient who due to some reasons are unable or disinclined to use preventative medicines.

Green Light and Its Good

During a migraine most people experience an increased sensitivity to light and this is why they usually search for the comfort of darkness or have to use sunglasses in light apartments. However, it has been proved that migraineurs react differently to different colors. It is known that red, amber, blue and white light intensify migraine pain, while green light can reduce it. To help migraine patients combat pain, there were created special sunglasses which screen out all wavelengths of light besides green. So watching the world in green might be useful for people having migraine.

Botox Use

Dr. Modar Khalil (the Hull Royal Infirmary, Great Britain) has been investigating headache disorders and the usage of Botox for preventing migraines. After conducting some studies, he has arrived at a conclusion that Botox has certain benefits and can actually help migraine patients reduce migraine severity. According to him, Botox is especially useful for migraineurs who can not find appropriate treatments to ease migraine symptoms.


Thus, there are different kinds of migraine treatment. As different people respond to different treatments, every migraine patient should find his own ways that will be effective in preventing migraine attacks and controlling its symptoms.

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