Migraine can lead to seizure and stroke says headache specialists

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2019   •   462

MANILA, Philippines – Migraine is commonly mistaken as plain headache but medical experts say it can also be a sign of some serious illnesses.

According to a study published in 2016 by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, migraine affects one in ten people worldwide with higher prevalence found among females.

Migraine headache usually prolongs up to four or 72 hours and becomes more intense with direct light or loud sounds.

According to Dr. Regina Macalintal-Canlas of the Philippine Headache Society, migraine has to be addressed immediately as it can lead to a more serious condition.

“Migraine triggers seizure and stroke,” Dr. Canlas said.

“If the patient is migrainous, particularly ang bawal diyan (what should be particularly be avoided) actually is the other risk factors for stroke,” she explained further.

Among the factors that commonly trigger migraine headache include lack of sleep, stress, unhealthy lifestyle and food.

Migraine can also be hereditary.

Patients with migraine episodes should avoid eating foods that could trigger such condition.

Huwag kumain ng pagkaing may vetsin (Do not eat food that is loaded with vetsin [monosodium glutamate]),” Dr. Canlas said.

“Relax. Relaxation therapy, sleep in a quiet room and that will help you solve the problem, and just take a simple analgesic,” she added.

Several medical specialists are planning to submit a proposal to the Senate that would help migraine sufferers cope with their work conditions and to avail for health benefits.

“Provide areas in the workplace where the patients can have a break especially during migraine attacks,” noted Dr. Martha Lu-Bolanos, Head of the Headache Council/ Phil Neurological Association.

“Give compensation for these absences,” she added as migraine sufferer can only apply for sick leave in the event of a sudden attack. – MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)


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