Migraine Headache

Unless they have personally experienced a migraine headache, most people do not realize how incapacitating the pain of a migraine can be. This pain can keep a person from functioning normally and performing daily activities.

 

 

Migrane

Migraine

SYMPTOMS OF A
MIGRAINE HEADACHE:
(Every individual is different and may
experience some symptoms and not others,
or in various combinations.)
• Headache pain that is moderate to
severe and lasts for 4 hours to 72 hours,
sometimes longer
• Throbbing pain that can be located on
one side of the head; it can start on one
side and spread to the other side or be
on both sides
• Nausea (an upset stomach)
• Vomiting
• Sensitivity to light, sound, or odors
• Pain becomes worse when you move
Some of the above symptoms can signal
even more serious conditions, so consult

 

SYMPTOMS OF A MIGRAINE HEADACHE:

(Every individual is different and may experience some symptoms and not others, or in various combinations.)

• Headache pain that is moderate to severe and lasts for 4 hours to 72    hours, sometimes longer.

•  Throbbing pain that can be located on one side of the head; it can start on    oneside and spread to the other side or be on both sides

• Nausea (an upset stomach)

• Vomiting

• Sensitivity to light, sound, or odors

• Pain becomes worse when you move Some of the above symptoms can signal even more serious conditions, so consult with a doctor.

 

“TRIGGERS” OF A MIGRAINE HEADACHE:

 

Some possible “triggers” for those susceptible to migraine headaches 

• Exposure to bright lights or loud noises

• Feeling overly tired

• Hormonal changes in women

• Lack of sleep

• Some foods, such as chocolate and some types of cheese

• Some food additives, such as nitrites, nitrates, and monosodium glutamate

• Some alcoholic beverages, such as red wine

• Stress

  

WHAT IS A MIGRAINE AURA?

Migraine aura refers to neurological disturbances that occur before the migraine headache begins. The neurological disturbances are usually visual, such as seeing flashing lights or experiencing small blind spots; less commonly ringing in the ears or feelings of numbness may occur. Not all people with migraine headaches experience auras.

 

KEEPING A “HEADACHE DIARY”:

A diary of when you have a headache may help you determine what may influence your headaches and could give you an idea of what “triggers” you may want to eliminate or avoid. A diary can also help you see how well your medication and lifestyle changes are working

 

TREATING MIGRAINE HEADACHES:

If you have severe headaches, it is important to see a doctor for evaluation and diagnosis. Medications may be used to relieve pain and restore function during attacks. Stress management strategies such as exercise, relaxation training, biofeedback, and avoiding triggers may also have a role in treatment.

 

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