Migraine

Migraine, which is indicated to affect one out of every 7 people all over the world, can be seen in one of every five women and one out of every 10 men in our society. Migraine is a disease that can be controlled when diagnosed and treated, which can significantly reduce the quality of life and labor force of people because it creates severe headaches that come in attacks.

In the RTM system, the aim is not only to directly suppress the symptoms of migraine and to make away with the symptoms but to reveal the causes of migraine specific to the individual and to identify the source of the disease and treat it. In the treatment, it is aimed to restore the infrastructure that causes migraine and to provide the normal functioning of the system.

Let’s glance shortly at Migraine…

What is Migraine?

It is a clinical syndrome of throbbing pain attacks, which usually occurs one sidedly and can last for a few hours or even a few weeks. The pain, which starts mostly in the nape, temple or around the eyes, may increase with movement. In migraine attacks, symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to the light and sound are also experienced.

From time to time, symptoms such as visual disturbances, numbness in the arms and legs, loss of strength, and speech disorder have been observed to precede or accompany the pain.

What Does Chronic Migraine Mean?

Experiencing intermittent migraine attacks are called Episodic migraine. In the definition of chronic migraine, there is a matter of experiencing attack of pain that fulfil the criteria and continues for at least 15 days a month and for 3 months.

What are Migraine Symptoms?

  • One sided and severe headache that comes in attacks
  • Oversensitiveness to light, sound, smell
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Weakness, loss of strength
  • Slowing of thoughts
  • Decreased concentration and attention
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Hypersensitiveness and reactiveness
  • Stagnation or dullness
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • Stages of Migraine Attack

There are four main stages in a migraine attack. All of these stages may not be seen in every attack.

Prodrome

It is the stage in which small changes and precursor symptoms are seen, which may be a warning about the upcoming attack, in the hours or days before the onset of migraine pain.

Aura

Some neurological symptoms that appear just before or concurrently with severe migraine headaches are called aura.

Visual aura: Flickering and twinkling lights are seen.

Sensory aura: It is in the form of tingling, numbness in the hands, tongue, mouth or chin.

Attack/Pain Period

Typical migraine headaches are mostly throbbing, one sided, starting from the back of the head, moderate to severe. It often affects in a negative way the person’s quality of life, mood and functionality.

Postdrome

It is the post-attack period. During this period, a feeling of relaxation occurs with the reduction of pain. At the same time, fatigue, exhaustion, restlessness and difficulty concentrating may be experienced. Sensitivity and mood changes may be felt in the head area.

Causes of Migraine

The exact cause of migraine is not known exactly, but it is stated to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is thought that imbalances in hormones and brain chemicals also play a role in the emergence of attacks. In addition, triggering factors that can vary according to the person also pave the way for the emergence of attacks.

Triggering factors of Migraine

Although the emergence of migraine attacks is often spontaneous, internal and external triggering factors can also prepare the ground for this situation. The factors that trigger attacks may differ from person to person. It is important to recognize these triggering factors in order to avoid preventable attacks because protection from triggering factors can provide a significant decrease in the number of attacks.

Commonly known triggering factors are:

  • Hunger or excessive satiety
  • Skipping meals, disrupted eating patterns
  • State of stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disorder or disorder
  • Heavy physical activity
  • Exposure to strong light
  • Excessive noise
  • Menstrual period
  • Altitude and pressure changes
  • Air exchange and pollution
  • Lodos effect
  • Intense perfume-like strong odors
  • Some foods and medicines
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking or being in smoke
  • The Concept of “Moderation All Things” in Migraine Disease

As understood from the ancient inscriptions, it is stated that migraine is one of the important health problems throughout human history. Today, the World Health Organization has reported that it is the 6th most common disorder among all diseases and the 1st among neurological diseases.

In many sources about this very common disease, it is recommended that “everything should be done judiciously”, in other words, care should be taken to avoid excess of everything. For example, it is necessary to avoid being hungry for a long time, eating too much and mixed, being sleepless or sleeping too much. It is important to balance work and rest times.

  • Risk Factors

Migraine patients are recommended to take strict precautions against overweight, high cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure, lack of exercise and smoking, which are also risky in terms of heart diseases and stroke risk.

  • Undesirable Consequences That Migraine Can Cause

Stomach and intestinal diseases: Some drugs that is used for a long time against pain can cause digestive system disorders such as stomachache, gastritis and ulcer.

Headache as a result of overuse of drugs: It is the situation in which drugs that is used for a long time and in high doses ,lose their analgesic properties and start to cause headache themselves. Therefore, there may be a risk of becoming chronic pain due to the vicious cycle that may occur.

Serotonin syndrome: Although rare, it is the body’s exposure to excess serotonin. Against the risk of serotonin syndrome, drugs should be used under the supervision of a physician.

Chronic migraine: It is the condition that the migraine attacks become chronic. It is important to get expert doctor support in order to take the necessary precautions.

Persistent aura: Transient neurological disorders that can be seen in migraine cases, the aura can sometimes last longer than expected. In this case, it should be examined whether there is tissue damage, vascular occlusion or any other problem in the brain.

How is Migraine Diagnosed?

People who complain of severe headache should consult a neurologist. Elements such as the history of the disease and the type, duration and frequency of the pain are evaluated. After the physical examination, the diagnosis can be made as a result of the tests and imagings that the doctor deems necessary, if they are in existence.

Approach to Migraine Disease in the RTM System

 An outlook on the  Cause of Migraine Disease in the RTM System

Our body is in a constant balance against internal and external factors. With this balance, life continues by developing. The RTM System includes its own diagnostic and treatment protocols. Diseases in the RTM System; It is seen as a new balance or new adjustment points created in the body in order to continue life against internal and external negative conditions.

There is a source pattern called the Triad of Disease, which causes new settings to come into play in the body. This triple structure, which includes contamination in the body, system deterioration and code changes in DNA (epigenetics), functions in migraine disease as follows;

Contamination in the Body: There is an increase in toxic load above the normal due to both the toxins we are exposed to from the environment and the increase in cellular metabolic activities. These toxic loads are transported from the cellular level of the body to the Detox Organs (Liver, Kidney, Lung and Skin) by the circulatory system. In cases exceeding the capacity of detox organs, the body stores toxic loads in the fascia. Fascia surrounds our body from head to toe. The increase in toxic load can cause blockages in the fascia and the acupuncture energy meridians, which are directly related to the fascia.

At the same time, the increase in toxic load will increase the viscosity of the blood and as a result of the increased viscosity, the necessary nutrients and oxygen will be difficult to transport to the extreme organs. Tissue hunger may appear as pain.

Deterioration in Systems: Although many acupuncture energy meridians pass through the head region, there are also special acupuncture systems that are the projection of the body called microsystem. Pathology in any organ causes blockage in the energy meridian of that organ. This blockage directly affects the energy meridians in the head region.

There may be direct toxin exposure, as well as the lack of capacity in the detox systems (Lung, Skin, Kidney, Liver) also causes an increase in the toxic load in the body.

The environmental condition of the person, the stress or the intense experience of negative emotions also affect the energy channels and the relevant organ and may appear as pain.

As a result of contamination in the body and deterioration in the systems, the body will determine new set points. This change will be encoded in the body at the information level, and eventually a code change (Epigenetic Change) will occur in the DNA. This change in the information form will be reflected in the form of alarming migraine symptoms in the processes when the problem arises. In fact, these symptoms are a precaution to prevent the central nervous system from being under a more toxic load and to prevent cellular and tissue damage to the body. The name of this new set point determined by the body is migraine.

Treatment of Migraine Disease in the RTM System

The purpose of the RTM System is not only to directly suppress the symptoms of migraine disease, but also to eliminate the Disease Triad, which is the source of the migraine disease mentioned above. In the RTM System, this is called the Therapeutic Tradition.

Treatment Triad includes the processes aimed at starting the detox process for returning to the normal balance in the body, making away with the imbalance in the failing systems and reversing the epigenetic changes in the DNA, and this process is planned completely for the individual.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings of the individual, and measurements specific to RTM clinics. With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease trait, which forms the source part, is withdrawn and treatment is applied. By informing the body with the seed parts of the plants, it is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in DNA that determine the new adjustment constants. In order for the body to adapt to the normalization of this information, the treatment triad is activated by using the leafy parts of the plants, accelerating the detox activities in the body and regulating the systems. When the disease triad is withdrawn, it is aimed that the body will by itself return to the norm form.

In addition to the  RTM phytotherapeutics in order to both support the body and accelerate the treatment process, there are close to 25 methods such as Acupuncture to relieve congestion in the energy meridians and to regulate the energy meridians, Ozone and Cupping to alleviate the toxic load of the body and increase its oxygenation, to operate the repair mechanisms. traditional medicine method is planned according to the needs of the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

In which cases is it necessary to conduct further examination in headache?

Further investigations may be required in cases such as sudden and severe pain that begins, increases in frequency and severity, feels differently, occurs together with sudden weight loss, fever and some other symptoms, and does not respond to the treatment.

Does Cold Weather Trigger Migraines?

Most migraine patients stated that they were affected by weather changes, especially cold weather.

Can Migraine be Treated with Botox?

In some cases, botox application can give positive results if it is applied to the right points and in the right doses. It is not suitable for all patients and all types of migraine.

Is Caffeine Good for Migraines?

It has been stated that caffeine can reduce headaches due to its constricting effect on blood vessels. While a certain amount of caffeine may have a positive effect in some cases, it may trigger pain attacks in others.

Which Foods Cause Migraine Attack?

Although it varies from person to person, many foods and beverages are thought to trigger migraine attacks. The main ones are processed foods, delicatessen products such as salami, sausages, foods with preservatives, leavened products, fatty fries, chocolate, cocoa, some dried fruits, aspartame and other sweeteners, excessively caffeinated drinks, some alcoholic beverages, instant meat and chicken broth tablets. , offal, preserves, soda, bananas, peanut butter, some legumes, smoked or cured meat and fish, some types of cheese.

Does Migraine Cause Depression?

It is known that migraine and depression are directly related. Intensely painful, nauseating, and debilitating attacks caused by migraine can often cause depression and anxiety in people. During the attack periods, people who cannot withstand stimuli such as sound and light and who are extremely sensitive may prefer to be alone in a dark, quiet environment. In addition, it has been stated that the level of serotonin hormone, which is in the brain chemistry, is effective in both migraine and depression.

Which Cheese Types Set off  Migraine?

Due to the high tyramine they contain, cheese varieties such as roquefort, gorgonzola, stilton and similar moldy cheeses, cheddar, parmesan, feta cheese, mozzarella are thought to set off migraine.

What Exercises Should Those Who Have Migraines Do?

According to the researches, doing light exercises that are not too strenuous on a regular basis can support preventive treatment by reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Walking, yoga and other relaxing exercises also have a positive effect.

Is there a type of migraine specific to airplane travel?

Air travel can seriously trigger migraines, but not every pain is a migraine attack. In some people, severe pain may occur on the forehead or behind the eyes during flight, especially during landing and take-off. These pains can be difficult to distinguish from a migraine attack.

Actually, headaches in flight are caused by sudden differences between the sinus cavities in the head and the pressure in the external environment, and this situation affects the sensitive mucosa covering the sinus cavities. This situation is temporary and there is no need to worry.

Is travel a triggering factor of migrain?

All kinds of weather and climatic change, excitement and fatigue can trigger migraines. Changes in sleep and diet, excessive exertion, exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold due to travel can pave the way for migraine. It is important to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids on long journeys, and to maintain a suitable head-neck position.

What are the common triggering factors of migraine during summer holidays?

Factors such as dehydration, sleep disturbance, excessive effort, extremely hot and humid weather, bright sunlight taken directly or reflected from the sea or pool, unbalanced nutrition, and fly-repellent chemicals can trigger migraines during summer holidays.

Is there a relationship between rainy weather, especially lightning strikes and migraine attacks?

It has been reported that factors such as excessive humidity in rainy weather, thunder and lightning can trigger migraine attacks. It is thought that the lightning strike effect is probably caused by the excessive electrical charge in the air, disrupting the balances related to brain pressure.

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