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what are the distinguishing characteristics of a migraine?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Some symptoms: Auras can include several minutes of bright spots before eyes, loss of vision to one side, problems with numbness and speech expression. Headache itself is unilateral, throbbing, associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, duration of headache about 4-6 hrs or longer.
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Too many: Too many to list here. Simply do an internet search for "migraine symptoms" and you'll get access to multiple good sites that will answer this question. Two good ones (among many) are webmd and mayo clinic.

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I get migraine headaches. Could they be related to raynauds?

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Possibly: Raynaud's symptoms and migraines both are caused by abnormal regulation of blood flow to certain parts of the body, so they may be related in some patients. Also, some medications for migraines (the triptans and ergot alkaloids) can lead to raynaud's symptoms as a side effect. However, having migraines doesn't mean one will get raynaud's, and having raynaud's doesn't mean one will get migraines.
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How are migraine headaches treated?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Various ways: Some respond just to rest in a quiet place, other also with addition of ice to the head in various spots, some with pressure applied to the temples, gently to closed eyes, or to several spots in this back of the neck or head. Some to gentle pulling of the hair. Others need medication. Taking 3 excedrine when you know you are getting the migraine might abort it. Others need tryptans.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What should I do when a migraine begins?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Acetomenophen: I too suffer from migraines. I take a prescription (imitrex), although sumatriptan succinate (100 mg) is just as good. I take 2 Acetaminophen with 8 oz of water -- and try to close my eyes until the scotopia (flashing lights) have gone away. You need to see a physician to get the prescription -- but sometimes the headache is still there! :<.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What tests are done for people with migraine headaches?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Usually none : But of it the first or most severe headache of your life an MRI or ctigjt be ordered.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will migraine headaches eventually go away on their own?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
They could.: Some people's migraines just run their course for the day and they wake up the net morning feeling fine. For others, it's a little more complicated - they may need medications to help stop the migraine. A migraine lasting more than 72 hours is called status migrainosus and these can be helped sometimes with steroids, but that's something to see your doctor for. Good luck!

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