Migraines

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 12 percent of the population suffers from migraines. While headaches and migraines can sometimes be hard to distinguish from one another, migraines are more than just intense versions of headaches. Migraines can cause anything from severe throbbing pain, pulsing sensation on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to both light and sound. Migraines last anywhere from four hours to 72 hours and can be extremely disruptive to those who suffer from them. More than 90 percent of people who suffer from migraines are unable to work or function, and it’s estimated that a total of 1.2 million visits to the emergency room are due to migraines.

What Causes Migraines?

It is believed that genetics and environmental factors play a role in the cause of migraines. If your family has a history of migraines, you are more likely to be at risk. Age and gender also play a role; women in their thirties are the most likely to suffer from migraines. Here is a list of things that could cause migraines:

  • Changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve
  • Imbalances in brain chemicals
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain foods, such as processed foods or food with high quantities of salt
  • Skipping meals
  • Wine, other forms of alcohol, and high-caffeinated beverages
  • Stress
  • Sensory stimuli, such as bright lights or sun glare
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Intense physical exertion or other changes in physical activities
  • Changes in your environment, such as weather
  • Certain medications

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Did You Know?

More than 90 percent of people who suffer from migraines are unable to work or function, and it’s estimated that a total of 1.2 million visits to the emergency room are due to migraines.