What is a Migraine?
posted by The Live Better Team | June 7, 2017
A migraine attack causes major pain for hours or even days in some cases, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme light and sound sensitivity.
In some cases, symptoms from migraines are so severe that sufferers are temporarily disabled. There are medications that can help with migraines, and prevention methods that can reduce their triggers.
If you regularly experience these symptoms, keep a record of your attacks and how they were managed. If symptoms are extreme, see a doctor immediately. Migraines can lead to complications:
Exact causes of migraines aren’t known, though genetics and environmental factors play a role. Brainstem interactions, brain chemical imbalances and neurotransmitters may also be involved.
There are several factors that can trigger migraines, however:
Factors that may raise your risk of migraines include:
The goal of migraine treatments is to help stop symptoms and prevent future attacks. Medications fall into two categories: Pain-relieving medications and preventive medications. Various forms of alternative medicine and lifestyle methods may also be effective – speak to your doctor about this.
There are also several tactics you can take to help reduce the number and severity of migraines:
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of migraines, speak to your doctor about options and he or she will recommend treatment based on your specific diagnosis.
“Migraine.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/dxc-20202434
“Migraines & Headaches Health Center.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.