Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headaches are a very common occurrence in some 28 million people in the US alone. When they first start appearing, the sufferer might not be able to tell the difference between migraines and headaches. But a migraine headache is a throbbing or pulsating headache which is often one sided – it can begin in a specific area on one side of the head, then spread and build up in intensity over the next couple of hours. It may well be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. Hands and feet may feel cold or sweaty. Migraine headaches can be a very debilitating condition.

Migraine Headache Solutions

Studies carried out on those seeking migraine headache treatment have suggested that there may be a "migraine personality" as many migraine sufferers have one or more of the following characteristics:


These characteristics may in turn help the sufferer to understand why migraine triggers causes the onset of migraine headaches. While there is no cure for migraine headaches, there are many ways in which the condition can be managed and these include controlling some of the triggers listed below:


If you are suffering from migraines, it may well be that you need to make a significant change in your lifestyle. Here are some of the changes that could make all the difference:


If you are diagnosed with migraine, your doctor will inform you of the different migraine pain relief medications which can be prescribed, together with any possible side effects. He will monitor symptoms like nausea and vomiting. There are two types of medicine used for treating migraines – namely prophylactic medication (taken every day to reduce the severity and frequency) while the other is abortive medication (only taken if a migraine begins).

Some complementary treatments for migraine symptoms include:

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