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Migraine


Migraine: A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lay down.

There are several types of migraine, including:
  •     migraine with aura – where there are warning signs before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
  •     migraine without aura – where the migraine occurs without warning signs
  •     migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It is possible for years to pass between migraine attacks. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they are thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
 
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include starting their period, stress, tiredness and certain foods or drinks.


You should see your doctor if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms that cannot be controlled with over the counter painkillers.

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