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Understanding Migraine

Migraine is more than just a headache and migraine pain normally comes with nausea (queasiness and feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick), over sensitivity to light, noise, movement, or smell. It can mean the attack, or can mean the underlying disease that causes the attacks. Migraine pain can be on one side of the head or on both sides, can swap sides, or can be asymmetrical. During a migraine, you may experience any of the following:

  • Pain on one side or both sides of your head

  • Pain that feels throbbing

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Light headedness

The Four (4) stages of migraine attack are as follows:

  1. Prodrome is mood change hours or days before the headache.

  2. Aura usually happens just before the headache.

  3. Head pain or pressure is typically thumping or pulsing.

  4. Recovery can take a day or two, when there are no particular symptoms other than feeling ill

Migraine is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7%. It affects three-times as many women as men, with this higher rate being most likely hormonally-driven. More than three quarters of migraineurs experience at least one attack each month, and more than half experience severe impairment during attacks.

Chronic migraine attacks are classified by the World Health Organization as among the most disabling illnesses, comparable to dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis. chronic migraine is defined as headache occurring on 15 or more days per month for more than three months, which, on at least 8 days per month, has the features of migraine headache. Chronic migraine occurs in approximately 1% of the population.

Medications can help prevent some migraines and make them less painful. Talk to your neuroloigst or headache specialist about different migraine treatment options if you can't find a relief. #headache #migraine #pain #migraineattack #painmanagement #headachespecialist #headachecenter #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #doctor #specialist #manila #philippines #health #diet #exercise #healthy

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