According to headaches.org
, over 37 million people in the United States are diagnosed with migraine headaches. This disorder is many times diagnosed as a sinus headache or a tension-type headache, and is therefore not adequately treated.
Of the 37 million sufferers of migraines, women are affected more times than men. Many things can trigger a migraine attack such as sleep-awake cycle; missing or delaying a meal; certain medications; sunlight, bright lights, and fluorescent lights; watching TV and movies; certain foods; and loud noise.
Some who suffer with migraines experience aura which is a warning sign of a migraine prior to the beginning of pain. Auras are visual disturbances such as wavy lines, dots or flashing lights and blind spots that can begin up to one hour before the pain starts.
Knowledge is the best weapon for contending with headache and migraine. Since there are known trigger factors that contribute to the occurrence of a migraine, headaches.org
has recommend keeping a diary of events that can help identify risk factors for an attack, such as lack of sleep, stress, changes in weather, and/or barometric pressure, or specific foods.
When untreated, a migraine usually lasts from 4 to 72 hours, but the frequency varies from person to person. During a migraine, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain on one, or both sides of the head
- Pulsing, throbbing pain
- Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Lightheadedness, sometimes following by fainting
Communication with your doctor is key in managing the pain from migraines. If you have recurring headaches, see your healthcare professional during National Migraine and Headache Month
to diagnose and ease the pain caused by migraines.
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