Unlike other headaches, the characteristic feature of migraine is that it interferes with daily activity and lowers your energy levels. Migraine often causes a pulsating headache on one side of the head, but occasionally it causes more diﬀuse or generalized pain in the front or back of the head. Migraine is commonly associated with dizziness, light and sound sensitivity, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Migraine attacks often last for hours and the pain gradually increases in severity over time if not treated. When migraine attacks occur infrequently (e.g. every 2 weeks), strong pain killers taken at the beginning of attacks is usually the treatment of choice. When the attacks become more frequent (e.g. more than 8 migraine days per month), it is time to start preventive treatment that will stop the attacks from coming and make them less painful.
Do you have migraine?
Migraine is an extraordinarily common illness that affects millions of men, women and children (nearly one in four households include someone with migraine). Although a common illness, nearly half of all migraine sufferers are never diagnosed and the majority of migraine sufferers do not seek medical care for their illness. Do you suffer from severe headaches? If so, have you considered seeking medical attention to determine if your pain is categorized as migraine? To help you determine if you suffer from headache or migraine, read and watch the features below and also please use the quiz at the bottom of the page.