If a headache is occurring on just one side of your head, you could be suffering from a migraine. It is important to know the distinction between a regular headache and a migraine headache, as this will influence your ability to select an appropriate treatment option. A migraine is associated with a tougher pain than a regular headache. The pain is often throbbing and movement makes it worse.
These symptoms help can help you identify whether you are experiencing a migraine, or another type of headache (tension, cluster etc.).
The causes of migraine headaches vary from person to person and numerous triggers have been identified, some of which have been listed below.
Everyone is different, but some of the symptoms you may experience include:
- Feeling generally unwell for up to two days before the start of the migraine
- Blurred vision or visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to light, sound or smell
- Feeling nauseated
Migraine symptoms can last for a varying amount of time – commonly ranging from number of hours to a few days, and attacks can be reoccurring.
Fortunately, there are numerous management options that can help you substantially reduce the severity and recurrence of migraines.
Migraines can be triggered by numerous factors in an individual’s lifestyle and direct environment. Below are some of the most common triggers that have been identified to contribute to the onset of a migraine. To help identify what's contributing to your migraines, try avoiding:
- Alcohol (particularly red wine or beer)
- Large volumes of cheese, chocolate and/or citrus fruits
- Skipping meals
- Extended periods of stress and/or over excitement
- Fatigue brought on by lack of sleep
- Exposure to bright or flickering light, strong smells or loud noises
There are many natural options to relieve the symptoms of a migraine, however, if you’re experiencing persistent or recurrent migraine headaches then it’s best to consult your healthcare professional.
Consider the following as first-line options for treating the symptoms of a migraine:
- Rest in a darkened room
- Practice relaxation exercises for stress reduction
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Try applying an icepack, wrapped in a cloth, to the painful area
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