More On This Later – First an Introduction to How the Medical Profession View Migraines
Life can be a pretty miserable existence if you happen to suffer from the curse of regular migraines. In fact, it is estimated that 15% of the population are affected by migraines. Just to put that percentage into perspective that equates to approximately 10 million migraine sufferers in the UK alone. A visit to your GP will typically result in you feeling even more depressed about your condition. The medical industry as a whole will state that they are unaware of what exactly causes migraines. They will even go as far as to tell you that there is no cure for this life-long ailment.
However, Does This Stop Your Doctor From Pumping You Full of Drugs?
Perhaps, you’ve been prescribed amitriptyline, which is an antidepressant that has been “proven” to prevent migraines. Maybe you’ve taken the beta-blocker propranolol. Studies suggest that this blocks certain nerve impulses which cause migraines. What about the anti-epilepsy drug, topiramate or even pizotifen, which is guaranteed to leave you in a zombie-like state for at least 16 hours a day? If you have been “lucky” enough to be prescribed any of these drugs, surely the faint and dizzy spells or horrid side effects of vomiting, itchy skin or an upset stomach took your mind off the migraine!
As an alternative, you’ll be pleased to hear that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (as recently as May 2012) approved the use of Botox as a potential cure for migraines. Not a bad idea, as long as you’re willing to look like the secret lovechild of Pete Burns and Jackie Stallone. You may also be interested in trying greater occipital nerve block injections, which is estimated to only work for up to 60% of migraine sufferers. If you didn’t have a headache when you started reading this post… surely you have now. However, the good part is about to come.
Are You Ready For the Best Possible (Hot and Sweaty) Cure for Migraines?
Neurologist, Stefan Evers, Ph.D., a headache specialist from the University of Munster in Germany has been conducting research into the effects of sex on migraines. Not a bad job if you can get the work! Firstly, it should be noted that 60% of migraine sufferers have previously stated that some form of sexual activity made them feel better after a headache. Funnily enough the same percentage as those who received injections in their spinal nerves – which would you prefer?
Secondly, for those singletons out there you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t actually require a partner, as the same benefits and pain relief can be achieved through masturbation. Now before you all start ripping your clothes off seeking some form of sexual pleasure, an explanation would probably help.
Admittedly, sex serves as a fantastic distraction from that ever-pounding headache, but the magic typically happens post-orgasm. Orgasms will release certain endorphins into your system, which are known to have the ability to relieve pain. These same endorphins will also dramatically reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue – all of which are known to bring on migraines in the first place.
What if Sex Just isn’t Your Cup of Tea?
Well, it just so happens that you can trigger the same type of mood enhancing endorphins through exercise. This may also sound a little strange, as up to 20% of migraine sufferers say that exercise will bring on a bout of crippling head pain. However, endorphins are best referred to as “feel good” chemicals and are actually responsible for relieving the body of a huge number of ailments.
So, next time you feel an overwhelming thumping in your head don’t ignore the lure of a night spent between the sheets. Failing that… jump on an exercise bike!