A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Ocular Migraines
I had a question the other day about ocular migraines.
Ocular migraines cause vision loss or blindness lasting less than an hour, along with or following a migraine headache.
The problem is rare.
It affects about 1 out of every 200 people who have migraines.
Some research suggests symptoms of ocular migraine are actually due to other problems.
Vision problems affecting one eye. These problems include:
>Blind spots in your field of vision
>Blindness in your eye
Vision loss can be a complication of retinal migraines.
Headache lasting from 4-72 hours. The headache tends to:
>Affect one side of your head
>Feel moderately or very painful
>Pulsate in intensity
>Feel worse when you’re physically active
Other symptoms include:
>Unusual sensitivity to light or sound
An important symptom is the vision loss only affects one eye.
A regular migraine with an aura, which can involve flashing lights and blind spots in your vision, is a common problem.
This type affects about 20% of people who have migraines.
Covering one eye and then the other can help you tell if your problem is affecting one eye or both.
Researchers aren’t sure what causes ocular migraines.
Some feel the problem is related to:
>Spasms in blood vessels in your retina, the delicate lining in the back of your eye
>Changes spreading across the nerve cells in your retina
People who have these migraines may have a higher risk of developing permanent vision loss in one eye.
There’s been little research to determine the best course of treatment or prevention for ocular migraines.
To deal with ocular migraines it’s beneficial to:
*Identify your triggers, including food. Some of the most common triggers are aged cheese, processed meats, pickles, onions, olives, certain types of beans, raisins, nuts, avocados, canned soups, and red wine. Keeping a headache diary is a good way to identify connections between your headaches and your diet. Map out when your headaches start and what you’ve eaten that day and the day before.
*Avoid additives. Certain food additives are also common headache triggers. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most common headache-causing additive. MSG is found in soy sauce, Chinese foods and many packaged foods.
*Beware of “brain freeze”. Most of us have experienced the brief stab of severe pain that comes with eating or drinking something too cold. This type of headache is usually felt in the middle of your forehead, but for migraine sufferers this pain can be felt in areas affected during a migraine. For people prone to migraines, it can be the beginning of a full-fledged attack.
*Don’t skip meals. While many people have sensitivities to particular foods, others develop headaches when they don’t eat.
*Have a chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day.
*Ensure optimal digestion and elimination (upset and constipation are often triggers).
*Get enough sleep.
*Use stress release techniques.
*Consider emotional connections.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Look into craniosacral therapy.
*Breath deeply to oxygenate your cells.
*Consider hydrotherapy techniques.
*Maintain level blood sugars.
*Have hormone levels checked.
*Have eyes checked. Rest eyes regularly.
*Have jaw alignment checked.
At the onset of an ocular migraine try a large glass of Performance – you may simply be dehydrated or low on electrolytes.