Migraine headaches affect more than 25 million people in the U.S. 75% of those, or about 17 million, are women. Approximately 6 million of those women have what is called “menstrual migraines.” Menstrual migraines occur around the time of ovulation and/or menstruation.
A migraine is a recurring throbbing pain usually associated with one side of the head. Here is a list of the other most common migraine headache symptoms:
- Supersensitivity to noise
- Supersensitivity to light
- Throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head
- Pale face
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
On average, most migraine headaches last between 6 and 48 hours. Sufferers report that some relief may be found by retreating to a cool, dark, quiet place for several hours or a full night of rest until the headache subsides. In addition, a cold compress or ice pack applied to the pulsing area may ease the pain. For prevention, cut down on stress, avoid foods that may trigger symptoms (such as: sugar, processed grains, chocolate, alcohol and caffeine) and to reduce inflammation and eliminate pain, get yourself on a high quality fish oil supplement.
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