Jun 18, 2011 Posted Under: Headaches

Migraine Headache and a Walk in Clinic

Have you ever sat in a room with all the lights turned off in a silent sphinx-like position attempting to empty your mind of all distractions? Although this may sound like something a new-age Buddhist might do, it is also something that a migraine sufferer will do to attempt to alleviate the severe pain that they are experiencing. Migraines are quite simply hard to explain to non-sufferers, the pain is unlike a normal headache and is often times rated as a ten on a one-to-ten numbered pain scale. Visiting doctors, hospitals and a walk in clinic is par for the course for people who have migraines. Treatment is out there if you know where to look.

What is a Migraine?
It is a serious medical issue whose symptoms include excruciating head pain. This “headache” can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Nausea is also a symptom of migraines, as is temporary loss of vision and other eye oddities, such as spots or flashing lights.


When & Where do Migraines Present Themselves?
This varies with the individual sufferer. It can be on one side of the head or both. They can happen around the clock, yet typically are reported that they begin in the morning hours. It is important to have medical help if you are a sufferer of migraines, and any of your city’s many walk in clinics can help you in a variety of ways.

Who Gets Migraines?
It is reported that the average ages for migraine sufferers is between 20 and 45. This does not mean that other ages cannot have them, as that happens commonly. Women are more likely to have migraines, in fact, it is estimated that almost three out of four sufferers are women.

What Causes Migraines?
Although many professionals, including walk in clinics, have studied this issue it is not understood what causes migraines. It may be an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain, which causes an inflammation which triggers the pain.

What Are The Triggers?
This is a problematic question in an across-the-board-way because triggers are different in all individuals. Some sufferers get an attack when they have too little sleep, some too much sleep. It does seem that stress, skipped meals and alcohol can trigger an episode. It is difficult to say what one person will find to be a trigger, as it varies so very much.

When Should a Doctor Come Into The Equation?
If you are unsure that you need a doctor this is a great sign because all people who suffer from genuine migraines KNOW in their heart-of-hearts that medical help is necessary. If you do need a doctor, think about visiting any of your friendly neighborhood walk in clinics as they possess the skill to diagnose and treat many illnesses, migraines included.

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Jun 16, 2011
Posted Under: Mental Health

Depression – What About Exercise?

Feeling the blues? Take a hike!

Studies show that people who engage in brisk walking for at least 30 minutes cope better from mild to moderate depression.

Experts agree that one of the most probable reasons is the widely accepted fact that exercise promotes release of “mood elevator” chemicals in the brain like endorphins. In addition, moderate exercise boosts the immune system, protecting the body from sickness which could sometimes trigger depression.

It also helps boost one’s self esteem, especially when one would start seeing improvements in his/her condition. Exercise also allows for one to sleep better while ensuring that one is at its peak energy during the day.

In addition, exercise can be a productive form of distraction for someone suffering from depression. It allows a person to take one’s mind off the issues that’s troubling him/her.

Meanwhile, exercise done in groups allow for one to improve his/her social skills and build a network of support.

The biggest challenge, however, when it comes to depressed individuals is how to keep those butts (pun not intended) out of bed and into the gym or field. That is why, it is very important for one to be determined in getting rid of those blues, after all, who would want to feel low all the time?

This is also where one’s support group would come in handy. Having someone to inspire and force you to move would prove to be helpful, because once you start, it would not be difficult to keep going as even brief periods of exercise could help elevate one’s mood for significant number of hours.

Before starting an exercise regimen, however, it would be wise to consult a doctor so that you would know what exercise to engage in and the limits that you should be putting on your body.

Setting a realistic goal, like being able to jog one kilometer on the first run, would also be recommended, rather than frustrating oneself on trying to achieve something that may seem impossible to accomplish for the first few weeks of exercise.

Another great idea that would help encourage one to exercise is the fact that exercise is not a chore, as such, it is but fitting for one to enjoy it. Look for a sport or some physical activity that best captures your interest. Exercise, after all, is not just about going to the gym or finishing laps in the track. Try swimming or basketball, or how about football or cricket? When you decide to engage in an exercise program, start by learning your favorite sport, in that way you not only develop a new hobby but also an enjoyable means of boosting your immune system and mood.

When you have decided the kind of program to engage in, always consider the basic rule of exercise and that is, start with a 10 to 15-minute warm-up session and end with a cool-down session.

Warm-ups and cool-downs prepare your muscles and cardio-pulmonary system before an activity that could stress them out. It conditions the body, preventing exercise related injuries like sprains and strains, as well as unnecessary stress to the heart.

So, the next time you get visited by sad thoughts, get those running shoes out and chase those blues away.

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