Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines are a type of recurring severe headache that can have a major impact on the quality of your life by causing pain and discomfort. Migraine headaches generally are located on one side of the head and can cause throbbing or pulsating pain.
Often associated with nausea and vomiting, migraine headaches may last for hours or even days. It is not fully understood what exactly causes migraines, but it is thought they may be caused by a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin affects the blood vessels in your brain and may trigger migraines in a number of individuals.
Treatment for migraine headaches may include:
- Stress management
- Relaxation exercises
- Physical therapy