What To Know About Migraines?

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Twenty-eight millions Americans suffer from migraines, which are debilitating headaches that are characterized by throbbing pain on one side of their heads. Women are three times more likely than men to experience them. Although the condition is more common than diabetes or asthma, more than half of those suffering from it have not been diagnosed.

Pain Factor

Many people don’t bother to see a doctor because they feel they can live with the pain. Or they may have been misdiagnosed with tension headaches or tension. This is very troubling because more than half the sufferers say their pain is so severe that they have to stay in bed. Tension headaches are common and can be described as a dull ache in the forehead, temples, or back of your head.

These headaches can be annoying, but they don’t usually affect our daily activities. Migraine headaches, on the other hand, can cause havoc in our lives. Migraine headaches can cause severe headaches. They are characterized by throbbing pain on one side, often with nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light, sound, and light. You can make the pain worse by changing your position.


Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. In fact, migraines can look like other types of headaches. One might experience a stuffy nose, eye tearing, sinus pain, and eye tearing similar to a sinus headache. Or, one may feel pain in both the sides of the head as common with tension headaches. An aura, which is a prelude to a migraine attack and lasts less than an hour, is a condition that a small percentage of patients may also experience.

Visual disturbances can include flashes, light, flashes, zizzaglines or shimmering lights. Others experience tingling and numbness in their arms or faces. According to the National Headache Foundation in Chicago, migraine headaches account for about 157 million lost workdays each year. Even if they are diagnosed, it is possible that they will not receive the correct treatment.


A recent study showed that migraine sufferers who were diagnosed with the condition suffered just as much as those who didn’t. The good news is that doctors have a better understanding of migraines and how to treat them. Keep in mind that not all headaches are migraines. If you have a severe headache, a stiff neck, fever, or if your headache is sudden, call your doctor immediately.