Migraine Symptoms – More than just a Bad Headache

migraine symptomsMigraine Symptoms—more than just a bad headache

Nearly 30 million people in the United States suffer from migraines. Migraine symptoms are
painful and disabling—often forcing migraine sufferers into a dark and silent place since any
light or noise may worsen the symptoms. Untreated migraine attacks most commonly last from
4 to 72 hours, but may persist for weeks.

What Causes a Migraine?

It is not fully understood what exactly causes a migraine. Low levels of serotonin may cause
changes to the blood vessels in your brain. Some common triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Poor posture or tension in your neck and shoulders
  • Certain foods or drink—chocolate, alcohol, caffeine are common triggers
  • Changes in sleep patters
  • Skipping meals
  • Not drinking enough water

What are Migraine Symptoms?

  • A migraine headache is usually described as an intense, throbbing, or pounding pain that involves one temple. Sometimes the pain can radiate to the forehead, around the eye, or at the back of the head.
  • Most commonly one-sided pain
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity or exertion
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Debilitating pain that may hinder daily activities

Warning Signs

Sometimes there are warning signs before a migraine attacks that may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Sleepiness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Migraine aura—seeing spots, wavy lines or flashing lights
  • Lack of concentration
  • Food cravings
  • Stuffy nose or watery eyes
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Restless or nervous

Should you see a doctor?
It can be hard to differentiate between a migraine and another type of headache. Migraine
headaches are often left undiagnosed and untreated. If you are experiencing regular signs and
migraine symptoms, schedule an appointment to consult with your doctor to discuss treatment
options today.