This is a throbbing pain that usually occurs on one side of the head. It is often associated with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound.
Almost everyone experiences a headache at one time or another. Not all severe headaches are migraines. A migraine is usually a moderate to severe headache that can last from four to seventy-two hours. It is usually described as a throbbing on one side of the head. However, the pain can also be present on both sides of the head. If migraines happen at a certain frequency, preventive measures are usually recommended. Other symptoms that can occur with a migraine include:
There are two types of migraines, those with an “aura” and those without. An aura is a sensation or type of behavior before the headache starts and can include:
Migraines are more common in women and tend to run in families. Sometimes there are triggers that may contribute to a person having a migraine. Triggers can include:
It is important to know your triggers. Some people can have more than one trigger.
Treatment for migraines varies based on the type of migraine and other symptoms. Some common treatments include:
It is important to remember that overuse of some pain medications, even those sold over-the-counter, can lead to more headaches and other long-term issues.
If you suffer from chronic headaches, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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