“I first started to get migraines when I was 13 years old. I would get an attack every week or at least 3 times a month. I went to see doctors and specialists, received MRI’s and was put on many different types of tablets but none seemed to work.
I cut out different types off food which I thought were bringing on the headaches, this helped in that the attacks didn’t happen so often but didn’t stop them.
I also played a lot of sports i.e. football and camogie. I trained 5 nights a week and at weekends played games. I started to get very run down and my migraines were more often to the point id faint or blackout. Due to this I had to give up sports and all types of exercise.
I first went to see Alma almost 7 years after my first attack. She gave me drops to take everyday for 3 months. I now am a year on and have seen a brilliant result. I can’t even remember my last attack. I can now go out and enjoy what I am doing and not worry about getting another attack. I can also go walking or jogging with my dog without the worry of fainting or blacking out.”
Tracey Nea – Age 21
What are Migraines?
Migraine generally features a one-sided throbbing headache which is episodic and lasts hours or even days with total freedom between attacks. The headache is normally worsened by movement or routine physical activity.
An attack of migraine can be very frightening. The onset may be signaled by visual disturbances and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion and, in rare cases, temporary paralysis and loss of speech. Sensitivity to light, noise and strong smells is also frequently reported.
The root cause is still unknown but is thought to involve abnormal functioning of certain components of nerve cells, such as particular ion channels and receptors. It is thought that triggers are implicated in attacks, so knowing your triggers can be a very powerful tool in helping you manage your migraine better.