Migraine Control with a TENS AA Digital Unit
Migraine headaches can strike anywhere at any time, and they don’t let on quickly or easily. But if you have a TENS AA Digital Unit then you may be able to bring relief that is at the ready. A migraine is characterized by a throbbing pain in one area of the head, as well as nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia. An attack can last for hours to days, and vary in intensity. The onset of migraine headache is heralded by several warning signs, including flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg. There may also be sensorial disturbances known as an aura.
Migraines usually have three stages; namely, the prodrome, the attack, and the postdrome. The prodrome takes place a couple of days before the migraine and consists of symptoms such as constipation, depression, food cravings, hyperactivity, irritability, neck stiffness, and uncontrollable yawning. The actual attack can go uninterrupted for up to 72 hours, though frequency and length vary from one person to another. Symptoms of a migraine attack may be pain in one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, pulsating pain, blurred vision, and lightheadedness, among others. The postdrome is the dénouement of the attack, during which a feeling of being drained and washed out is common.
Some of the factors that are believed to cause migraines are female hormonal changes, food (aged cheeses, salty and processed foods, food additives), irregular eating and sleeping habits, drinking (alcohol and caffeinated beverages), stress, sensory stimulation (bright lights, loud sounds, perfume, paint thinner, secondhand smoke), physical exhaustion, atmospheric changes, and medications (contraceptives, vasodilators, nitroglycerin). There may be other catalysts like family history, age, and sex. Migraine can lead to complications produced by the overuse of pain relieving medications.
The risk of migraines can be lessened by avoiding the aforementioned triggers, practicing aerobic exercises, and decreasing the effects of estrogen. Migraine headaches are predominantly treated with drugs, mainly NSAID’s, triptans, ergots, opioids, antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs. There is also the possibility to treat migraines with a pain management device like the TENS AA Unit. In this scenario, two electrodes are placed on the upper neck, one high on the shoulder beside the neck, and one more on the temple of the affected side. The intensity should not be too high that it would cause discomfort, nor too low that it couldn’t be felt.