What is Migraine?

Migraine is a condition that causes episodes (attacks) of headaches with or without other symptoms such as feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting. Between migraine attacks, the symptoms may disappear.

Who gets migraine?

About 1 in 4 women, and about 1 in 12 men, develop migraine at some point in their life. It more commonly start first at childhood or as a young adult. In some cases, the migraine attacks stop in later adult life. However in some cases the attacks persist throughout life.

What are the symptoms?

Headache is usually on one side of the head. Sometimes it is on both sides of the head. However, it can last for 4 to 72 hours. Nausea, vomiting, may not like bright lights or loud noises, want to lie down in dark room.

Do I need any Test?

Usually not. There is no test to confirm migraine. Sometimes tests are done to rule out other causes of headaches.

Tensions, headache are sometimes confused with migraine. These are the common headache that most people have from time to time.

Note- if you have migraine, you can also have tension headaches at different times to migraine attacks.

What causes Migraine?

The causes are not clear. Migraine is not strictly inherited condition. However, it is often occurs in several members of the same family. Do there may be some genetic facts involved which makes you more prone to developing migraine.

What are triggers?

Dieting too fast, irregular meals, cheese, chocolates, red wine, citrus fruits, and smoking, glaring light, loud noises, strong smells, depression, periods (menstruation), shift work, different sleep patterns, and menopause.

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