Note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied on in this way. Individuals wanting medical advice on this issue should consult a health professional.
Migraines and severe headaches are a highly prevalent disorder that nearly half of the world’s population experiences at least once a year. Factors like genetics, heredity and environmental exposure play a prominent role in the onset of migraines, and common triggers vary from lights/glare and excessive noise to strong smells (such as garlic, onion or gas), vibrations/acoustics, food/beverages (like coffee and alcohol) and physical exertion.
These instances are characterised by unilateral pain lasting for hours to days, often with associated nausea and vomiting. The discomfort may be pulsating or radiating without frequency, and may be accompanied by various other symptoms.
People experiencing migraines may also have difficulty concentrating, feel dazed, or experience shaking of the limbs (tremor). If you’re experiencing debilitating migraines that are taking a toll on your day-to-day life and your ability to function properly, there are numerous treatments available.
There are actions you can take to alleviate a migraine at its onset, or lifestyle changes to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines in the future.
If you feel a migraine coming on, try turning off the lights and relaxing in peace and quiet, as migraines typically increase your sensitivity to light and noise. Applying hot or cold compresses to your head and neck can also help, as well as caffeinated beverages (in moderation).
If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing migraines on a more regular basis lately, try adjusting your sleep patterns to ensure you’re getting enough sleep, with minimal distractions in the bedroom. Diet can also play a role in your susceptibility to migraines – try to be consistent with your mealtimes, and avoid foods that are known to sometimes trigger migraines; like cheese, chocolate, caffeine and alcohol.
There has been research around the efficacy of medical cannabis for migraines, and its use is now legal in Australia (with strict regulations). This type of treatment is one such avenue that a medical practitioner might recommend based on your specific condition, however this decision is made on a patient-by-patient basis. On occasions where medicinal cannabis is prescribed, it’s usually in combination with other pain management treatments, which your doctor will discuss with you more comprehensively in your telehealth appointment.
Balnce uses telehealth services to connect doctors with people experiencing migraines, along with other conditions such as PTSD, insomnia, epilepsy and chronic pain. The doctors assess your condition and prescribe the most appropriate treatment for the symptoms you are experiencing. Balnce’s doctors are experienced in prescribing medicinal cannabis.
During your online telehealth consultation, the doctor will ask you questions about your medical history to gain a clear understanding of your chronic condition. Feel free to ask questions throughout the consultation process – Balnce telehealth services are confidential.
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