What are Migraines?

What are Migraines & What Do They Do?

Migraines are an inherited neurological disorder characterized by the tendency to experience painful, often disabling throbbing headaches. The headaches tend to affect one side of the head but can affect both sides.

Migraine sufferers may experience some or all of a variety of symptoms including sensitivities to light, sound, smell, and motion. You may also experience nausea, vertigo or vomiting.

Many migraine sufferers experience visual disturbances such as auras, flashing or sparkling light. Migraine have 4 phases that may or may not be experienced, but the attack is the most prominent phase for most suffers, often dominating the senses.

A migraine can be terrifying experience that may last from 4 hours to 3 days. The pain and associated symptoms can be disabling causing many migraine sufferers to miss work, family or social events. Migraines are also linked to an increased risk of depression.

What Causes Migraines? Why me?

Honestly, we don’t know. What we do know is that most sufferers have inherited a genetic predisposition to migraines. We also know that there are a number of common migraine triggers for migraine attacks. Triggers can be environmental, stress related, eye strain, food related, in response to hormonal changes and sleep related. We also have strategies to help you manage your migraines.

What Can I Do About It?

You can start by learning more about migraine symptoms and phases, we recommend keeping a migraine journal, or use a migraine tracking app. Most migraine sufferers experience photophobia - painful light sensitivity - a good pair of sunglasses can help. Learn about common migraine triggers. This will help you identify and avoid your specific migraine triggers. You can also learn about treatment, lifestyle and non-pharmaceutical migraine management strategies.

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