Migraine Headache Symptoms & Pain Relief

Migraine Headache Symptoms & Pain Relief
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:
  • Nausea

  • Irritability

  • Supersensitivity to noise

  • Supersensitivity to light

  • Throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Pale face

  • Blurred vision

  • Chills

  • Loss of appetite
About 15%-20% of all migraine sufferers also experience an "aura" before the migraine begins. This means they may have blurry or partial loss of vision, may "see stars", spots or wavy lines, may experience vertigo, confusion or even a tingling in their arms or face. This aura may last anywhere from five minutes to an hour. See ocular migraine for more clarification.

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.

See migraine diet for more suggestions.

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