What's A Migraine And Who Gets It?

What's A Migraine
What's A Migraine?

What's A Migraine - Migraine is serious health condition. Headaches are the main feature of the disorder, but migraine can also occur without headache pain. Most often, migraine is a recurrent condition that involves a moderate to severe headache and is frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sleep. Migraine attacks appear to be precipitated by an enlargement, or dilation, of intracranial blood vessels.

In addition to headache pain, migraine attacks often include auras which usually occur before the onset of headache. Auras are usually visual disturbances, but can include other neurological disturbances that affect hearing and smell as well. In addition, other symptoms may also appear during the aura phase.

The migraine condition tends to occur in more than one member of a family. According to the National Headache Foundation about 3/4 of all sufferers have a family history of migraine. In any give year between 14% and 35% of all adult females will experience at least one migraine while males will experience migraine about 1/3 as often.

A smaller percentage of children under 12 years old will suffer with migraines, but boys and girls will equally be affected. Most migraine sufferers will see their episodes decline around age 50, but some continue to experience attacks for decades longer.

For migraine to be classified as chronic it must occur at least 15 days per month for at least 3 straight months. If it’s not a chronic condition it is considered episodic, with each attack referred to as an episode.

Migraines can be so severe as to completely disable a person and can also cause other serious health conditions such as stroke, heart attack, aneurysms, permanent loss of vision, and even death. People who experience migraines are at twice the risk of having a stroke, but women migraineurs who are on the pill are 8 times more likely to suffer a stroke.

Migraine attacks can be triggered by many things including certain foods, food additives, sugar substitutes, dehydration, physical or emotional stress, poor sleep habits, and many other things. It is often a good idea to maintain a headache diary for the purpose of finding and eliminating these triggers.

The most common type of treatment for migraine is pain medication, but there are many natural treatment methods that are usually safer which can often give more or faster relief than drugs. All painkillers have side effects and can sometimes cause an increase in the intensity of the pain. Some of their side effects can even be worse than the headache pain.

Migraine is more than just a headache, it’s a serious health disorder that can lead to stroke, pulmonary disease, heart disease, brain damage, and even death. Fortunately, there is a safe and natural way to stop migraines for good.

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