Migraines are recurrent throbbing headaches that cause intense pain in one area of the head. It is mainly accompanied by vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. Migraine attacks can cause moderate to severe pain. There are many things that can trigger a migraine attack such as anxiety, stress, exposure to light, hormonal changes (in female) and lack of food or sleep.
There are many misconceptions regarding migraines. Falling into the trap of those myths can prevent us from being treated properly. So, let’s debunk those myths!
FACT: Headache is just one of the symptoms associated with migraines. Other symptoms are neck pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound. During a migraine attack, the person can become unable to function normally.
FACT: Both, men and women, can get migraine attacks. In fact, according to researches, migraines affect 1 out of 7 women and 1 out of 18 men. It’s just the hormonal changes in women that explain why migraines are more common among women than men.
FACT: Although there may be some links between migraines and psychological health, it is not caused by depression or anxiety. However, depression and anxiety can increase the number of attacks and cause severe pain.
FACT: It is a fact that there is no cure for migraines. But, it is also a fact that you can control them. There are few medications and healthy lifestyle habits that can help control migraine attacks.
FACT: Regular exercise can help control migraines. However, if you notice that physical exercise is triggering migraines, consult a doctor immediately.
FACT: Migraines can affect children. However, migraines in children may not last as long as those in adults.
FACT: Few years back, it was believed that migraines occur due to strong pressure in the head’s blood vessels. However, now it is believed that an abnormal reaction in the brain’s neurons causes migraines.
FACT: Migraines are one of the most complex problems to diagnose and treat. Yet, there is no treatment discovered for migraines. There are few medications that can help control them. Experts are still researching on the subject to discover a treatment.
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