Most people will experience headaches at some point in their lifetime, but migraine is a completely different and often unique experience. Migraine is a condition that is more common than you think and that can take many forms, with symptoms that vary in severity from person to person. The result is that migraine is often under -diagnosed and under-treated. To help you understand migraine better, here is some general information to get you started.
How does a migraine attack?
The main symptom is a pain that is felt on one side of the head. The pain can often be described as moderate to severe, and it may get worse if you engage in any physical activity. Additionally, there are often other symptoms that can occur alongside headaches. The headaches usually last between 4-72 hours, but the other symptoms can last much longer.
Common symptoms of migraine:
- Throbbing headache on one side of head
- Sensitivity to sound
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and vomiting
About 1 in 5 people can also get ‘ aura ‘ symptoms during a migraine attack. An aura can upset the balance, muscle coordination, sensory, speech or vision, and can last from a few minutes up to an hour. The most common symptoms are visual (bright spots or flashing colors that appear in your field of vision). This can be daunting, but the aura symptoms have no lasting effect.
Who can get migraines?
Migraines are debut in teenagers or young adults. Both men and women can suffer from migraine, but it is generally more common in women. Migraines also tend to occur in members of the same family.
What causes a migraine?
Migraine headaches tend to occur when a patient’s brain is hypersensitive to certain trigger factors, such as stress and sleep disorders. There are many potential trigger factors for migraine that can vary from person to person.
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