The Symptoms of Migraine or Hemicrania

Attack usually begins in the morning, with heavy, uneasy sensations; slight chilliness; disposition to gape; headache, confined to one side, which rapidly increases, becoming exceedingly severe; eyes sensitive to light; pulse generally slow; at the height of the attack, nausea, retching; billious vomiting.

This is a very common affection. It occurs more often in women than men, very frequently at the menstrual period.

The Causes of Migraine or Hemicrania

Attacks are generally attributed to taking cold, unusual nervous fatigue, or loss of sleep. We are convinced, however, that in many cases, probably the majority, errors in diet are the real cause of the disease. In scores of instances, we have known the affection to disappear entirely upon the discontinuance of the use of tea, coffee, and of the tobacco habit.

The Treatment of Migraine or Hemicrania

For temporary relief, the best measures are fomentations to the affected side of the head, and copious warm drinks until the stomach is relieved. Warm full or sitz baths will often cut short the attack. In case the vomiting is persistent, small sips of hot drink, or of iced water, or small bits of ice, may be taken with benefit. Fomentations over the stomach, or applied to the spine just back of the stomach, are also useful measures. In order to obtain permanent relief, the patient should abandon all known causes of the affection. It is especially important that he should confine himself to a very simple diet Tea and coffee, alcoholic liquors, condiments of all kinds, much animal food, especially fat meat, animal fats of all kinds, hot bread, pastry, and every thing difficult of digestion should be entirely avoided. Exercise in the open air, tonic baths, general applications of electricity, massage in feeble patients, sun baths, and all other remedies which improve the general health should be employed. This disease has been pronounced incurable by some of the most eminent physicians, but we have had the pleasure of relieving, permanently, so many patients who have long suffered with this troublesome complaint, that we feel justified in asserting that it can be cured by the persistent employment of proper remedies.