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Migraines are more than just a headache. They cause intense pain, which may be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.

Researchers aren?t sure exactly what causes migraines, but factors such as brain chemical imbalances may be involved. Certain foods, drinks, smells, sounds, and environmental changes (such as the weather) can set off a migraine attack.

Migraine symptoms sometimes start a day or two before the actual headache hits. This is called prodrome. These pre-migraine symptoms can include depression, food cravings, irritability, and a stiff neck.

An actual migraine produces a throbbing or pulsing sensation, rather than the typical pain of a headache. Often the pain is in just one part of the head. Nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are other possible migraine symptoms. Some people become so sensitive to light and sound from a migraine that they have to lie down in a dark, quiet room until the headache passes.

Aura is another hallmark migraine symptom. People who experience auras with their migraines describe seeing flashes or spots of light. They may also feel strange sensations, or have trouble speaking.

Migraines typically last for a few hours, but some can continue for a day or two. Triptans are a class of drugs that constrict blood vessels to relieve migraine pain, but they must be taken immediately after the migraine starts to be effective. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help with less severe migraine pain. Medicines such as metoclopramide (Reglan) and prochlorperazine (Compro) help with nausea and vomiting. Beta-blockers, antidepressants, Botox, and anti-seizure drugs can help prevent migraines before they start.

Lifestyle measures like avoiding food triggers, getting enough sleep, and using relaxation techniques may also help prevent migraines. Some people find that keeping a headache diary helps them pinpoint their triggers.

Headache Cures: 9 Strategies to Ease the Pain

Headache Cures: 9 Strategies to Ease the Pain

Headaches can hit without notice, and multiple types may require different treatments. But there are simple headache cures you can try—strategies to relax tense muscles and stress, both of which can trigger headaches.
More complex headache cures include injections you may more commonly associate with cosmetic procedures. There are a

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.

Exertion headache

Migraine Symptoms: Treatment (and Prevention) Tips

Migraine Symptoms: Treatment (and Prevention) Tips

People who suffer migraine symptoms know they can include an intense pulsing or throbbing ache front or side of your head. The pain can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, and it’s severe enough for many sufferers to describe it as feeling like a vise is being tightened around

Manage Migraines to Improve Your Quality of Life

If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating these headaches and their associated symptoms can be.

Migraine affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide. Roughly one-third of migraine sufferers expe-rience what is known as an “aura,” a visual disturbance that appears as flashing lights, zigzag lines, or a temporary

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

A cluster headache is the “most severe form of primary headache,” as the U.S. National Library of Medicine tells us. When you get one, you’ll know it, because of the onset of sudden—and painful—headache clusters usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks. They typically

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick

Dehydration Headache: Know the Causes, Signs, and Treatments

Dehydration Headache: Know the Causes, Signs, and Treatments

Whatever the mechanisms that might underpin dehydration headaches, there is scientific evidence that can help reassure you that you aren’t imagining them. What causes dehydration headaches can be as simple as not having consumed sufficient fluids.

Likewise, dehydration headaches may happen because lack of fluids causes shrinkage in brain volume. This

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