What are the first signs of a migraine?
The intense, throbbing pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and occasional nausea and vomiting are telltale signs of a migraine. But for someone going through their first experience with the torturous headaches, migraines are often not so easily pinpointed.
What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?
Headaches cause pain in the head, face, or upper neck, and can vary in frequency and intensity. A migraine is an extremely painful primary headache disorder. Migraines usually produce symptoms that are more intense and debilitating than headaches. Some types of migraines do not cause head pain, however.
How long do migraine headaches last?
Migraines are disabling headaches that most likely stem from problems with the nerves and blood vessels in the head. Migraine headaches typically last from 4-72 hours. They may occur as often as several times a week to only once a year. People who have migraines are called migraineurs.
Where is migraine pain located?
A migraine is usually an intense pounding headache that can last for hours or even days. The pounding or pulsing pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse. Just about any movement, activity, bright light, or loud noise seems to make it hurt more.
Why do people get migraines?
Emotional triggers: Stress, depression, anxiety, excitement, and shock can trigger a migraine. Physical causes: Tiredness and insufficient sleep, shoulder or neck tension, poor posture, and physical overexertion have all been linked to migraines. Low blood sugar and jet lag can also act as triggers.
What causes migraines in females?
Many women with migraine tend to have attacks triggered by:
- Lack of or too much sleep.
- Skipped meals.
- Bright lights, loud noises, or strong odors.
- Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle.
- Stress and anxiety, or relaxation after stress.
- Weather changes.
- Alcohol (often red wine)
- Caffeine (too much or withdrawal)
Can stress cause migraines?
Yes. Stress can trigger both migraine and tension-type headache. Events like getting married, moving to a new home, or having a baby can cause stress. But studies show that everyday stresses — not major life changes — cause most headaches.
What gets rid of headaches fast?
Here are some tips for headache relief:
- Close your eyes and rest.
- Massage your neck and temples.
- Warm up your neck Try putting a heating pad or a warm cloth around your neck and the base of your skull to ease tension headaches.
- Minimize stress.
- Watch what you eat and drink.
Are migraines dangerous?
Migraine has long been considered a painful condition that affects quality of life but is not otherwise dangerous. A number of case-control and cohort studies, however, indicated that migraineurs, particularly those with aura, have a higher risk of ischemic but not hemorrhagic stroke.