Migraine Headaches

Migraines are most common in people ages 20 to 45 and three times more likely to occur in women than men. A migraine is not your everday, average headache. It is very different from everyday headaches because you have more than just pain in your head. The main symptoms include: nausea, dizziness and vomiting. You may also have throbbing in your ear, jaw and around your eye and also sensitivity to light and sound, a stuffy nose and also watery eyes. You may also get what experts call an aura (a visual disturbance that includes seeing flashing lights or temporarily losing sight) ten to thirty minutes before the actual headache sets in. 
 
Doctors are unsure what exactly causes migraines, but lots of things can bring them on. Some triggers include: too little sleep, changes in the weather and stress. Certain foods like red wine and aged cheeses are also triggers. These foods trigger migraines because they contain tyramine, a substance that forms in foods as they age. Hormonal changes in a womans menstrual cycle can also play a role. Most woman who get migraines tend to have them around ovulation or a few days before their periods.
 
You should see a doctor if you are having headaches more than once a week of if you’ve tried taking OTC treatments like Advil, Tylenol and Excedrin and they are not working. Using OTC pain relievers too often can result in rebound headaches because your body gets so use to the drugs that missing a dose will bring on another headache. When you see your doctor he may prescribe a triptan medication which you can take at the first sign of the pain to calm the nerve endings in the brain. If the headaches happen often and are debilitating you may also need a preventative medicine to prevent the frequentcy and severity of the attacks. 

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