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Migraine Headache Relief

A migraine is a very severe type of headache, often described as a painful pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head. During migraines, people are often very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit.

Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men. Some people can tell when they are about to have a migraine because they see flashing lights or zigzag lines, or they may temporarily lose their vision.

Many things can trigger a migraine. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Lack of food/sleep
  • Exposure to light
  • Hormonal changes (in women)

Doctors once believed migraines were linked to the opening and narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. Now they believe they are caused by genes that control the activity of some brain cells. Medicines can help prevent migraine attacks or help relieve symptoms of attacks when they happen. For many people, reducing stress can help prevent migraines.

Migraine Advice from Sufferers around the World