Migraines: more than ‘just’ a headache
The main symptoms of migraines are headaches that are mostly on one side, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise and light and visual disturbances. These headaches recur at irregular intervals and the pain is generally described as pulsating, hammering or drilling. Attacks last between 4 and 72 hours.
When do migraines occur?
Triggers include stress and continuous sensory overload, changes in the sleep/wake cycle, changes in the weather, muscle tension in the neck and hormonal changes. Some people have reactions to certain foods, drinks or other substances.
A migraine diary covering the events leading up to a migraine attack can help to identify the cause.
What helps during a migraine attack?
If you have been experiencing migraines more frequently, you should see a doctor for a thorough check-up and to be prescribed suitable medication, particularly for acute cases. Retreating into a quiet, darkened room can also help.
Knowing your triggers allows you to take proactive steps to avoid migraines. Relaxation exercises, sport, acupuncture and herbal remedies can all help as preventative measures.
This health tip was compiled for you by Dr Andrea Vincenzo Braga. He is a specialist in surgery, a doctor of general and sports medicine, pain therapist, acupuncturist, MBA, CEO and Head Doctor at eedoctors.