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Migraine Headaches: Facts and Symptoms


Your phone won’t stop ringing, it’s already six o’clock and you haven’t had time to go to the grocery store for dinner, and your boss needs that business report in hand tomorrow morning. You’re not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the stresses and anxieties of life. Unfortunately, stress can have a less desirable side effect on those who suffer from migraine headaches. However, studies and personal experience suggest certain lifestyle changes can help reduce the onset of migraines and eliminate them altogether.

  1. Migraines are common and affect up to 12 percent of the general population. It is more frequent in women than in men and is in most instances inherited.
  2. Migraine triggers may include stress, hormones in women, not eating, weather, sleep disturbances, odors, neck pain, lights, alcohol, smoke, sleeping late and heat.
  3. Migraine headache is a type of headache that causes moderate to severe throbbing pain often on one side, may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting , and may be worsened by light, noise and motion like walking or climbing stairs.
  4. Migraine headaches typically last for a few hours, but may last as long as three days.
  5. About 25 percent of people have other symptoms, which include bright lines or shapes, noises, music, burning, pain or jerking.
  6. Lifestyle changes may be beneficial for controlling migraine, including good sleep hygiene, routine meal schedules, regular exercise, and managing migraine triggers.

Kanchan Dibert MD
CaroMont Health
Occupational Medicine and Wellness

Categories: Health