How we would know that it's Migraine and not the regular headache

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Having headache is become very common in today’s stressful and busy life affecting your daily activities at workplaces, in offices and even at home. But do we know it’s not always normal headache that is associated with pain and sensation in head, they might be signs of migraine which could be mild or intense depending on its symptoms.

A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation that is usually worst on one side of the head. It is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine is become very common now a days affecting about 36 million men, women and children in the United State. It affects around 18% of American women and 6% of men thus indicating it is three times more common in women than in men.

Main reasons that trigger migraine are

Anxiety

Stress

Lack of food or sleep

Exposure to light or sound

Hormonal changes in women

Migraines usually start gradually, then progresses into more painful headache and later undergo gradual resolution. When migraines are mild to moderate, they are normally described as being dull, deep and steady. And when they are severe, it lead to throbbing or pulsating effect.

In some migraines becomes worst by some kind of head motion, sneezing, straining or any other physical activity. And mostly affected when patients get exposed to sudden light or loud noise, therefor it is recommended for such people to lie down in dark and quiet room to get relief from symptoms of migraine.

Although migraine can begin at any time, the most common time is early morning. And in some people, migraine attacks is triggered in certain conditions like starting of periods, stress, tiredness, and after having certain types of food and drinks.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but researchers suggest that they are associated with some kind of temporary changes in the chemicals and blood vessel in brain. And sometimes they may associated with genes inherited from parents or family.

There is no exact cure for migraines, but many people get relief after using painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen. And anti-emetics medicines can be used to reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. But the best part to prevent migraine, is to avoid all the conditions that triggers the symptoms such as avoiding stress, certain foods, sudden exposure to intense light and sound. But even after taking all such precautions, you still experience strong symptoms of migraine, immediately consult your doctor and seek medical help.

Outlook

Frequent migraine attacks can severely affect your quality of life and stop you from carrying out your daily activities at workplace or at home. Some people prefer to stay in bed for long hours to get rid of migraine symptoms which affect their social life too. There are effective treatment that helps to reduce frequent migraine attacks, hence you should seek medical help before it start affecting your health and life. And the most important is to get changes in your daily lifestyles such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, rest, well balanced food, proper intake of water to keep you hydrated and limiting the stress, tension and intake of unhealthy food to reduce or prevent migraine attacks.

Inculcate good lifestyle habits and positive attitude…Stay happy and fit!!!

 

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