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What Can Trigger A Migraine
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
They may be the same: Migraine is associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light or sounds, visual changes, and pale complexion. The strength of the headache does not help as you can have very mild migraines or strong tension headaches. Migraines also completely go away between episodes. Tension headaches are more likely to linger. If you are having head pain that is new or worse see a doctor. ...Read more
Migraine = Headache+: Migraines are the most common cause of frequent headache in an otherwise healthy individual with a normal neurological exam. If you have an aura (i.e. See flashing lights) prior to the headache, it clinches it, but that is in a minority of people. Often times the headaches worsen due to medication overuse/rebound. Often after a migraine there will be a "hangover" feeling. There may be nausea. ...Read more
Cause unknown: We do not know the cause of cluster headaches. The diagnosis is usually clinical. Usually there is significant nasal congestion or a runny nose associated with increased lacrimation. The headaches can be quite severe and occur in clusters up to eight times a day. Usually multiple attacks are short-lived with excruciating one sided pain is typical. ...Read more
MigraineCauseUnknown: No one actually knows what causes migraine.There is not even consensus on what a migraine IS.Often, diagnosis is erroneous-made just because pain is severe.There are many causes of severe HA's incl. occipital neuralgia, cervicogenic headache, occipital tenon inj., etc. A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide answer. Treatments may incl med, manipulation, prolotherapy,etc ...Read more
Is it possible for eye strain to cause auras similar to a migraine? Or could I be experiencing silent migraines?
Ocular migraine: You may or may not be experiencing symptoms of an ocular migraine. Do you have nausea? Photophobia? Any change in visual acuity deserves an immediate full history and physical by an MD. Sometimes women develop catamenial migraines and they can be associated with other triggers as well. Stay calm and see MD you will be just fine. ...Read more
Yes, it may: Adrenaline causes narrowing of your arteries, so it can contribute to the first phase of a migraine and later relieve symptoms during the second phase, when most of the pain is due to over-dilation of your arteries. Excitement, stress, coffee and certain food are producers of the adrenaline and common migraine's triggers. ...Read more
Cannot: Formerly there were specific criteria and symptoms by which migraine headaches were defined and diagnosed. In recent months the collegial body of neurologists decided that any "severe" headache qualified as "migraine". This flip flop indicates that the etiology (cause) continues to be mysterious, and beset with theory and speculation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abortive medications: There are a group of medications that have been developed specifically to stop migraine headaches as they evolve. They are referred to as abortives because that stop or abort the symptoms (both headache and aura) as they develop. Some of these drugs include tryptans (e.g.-imitrex), anti-inflammatories (e.g.-motrin) and opiates (e.g.-morphine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i exercise during a migraine? I heard that exercise could help a tension headache. Could it also relieve a migraine?
Not Eating: Hypoglycemia means low blood glucose (sugar). It happens when you have not eaten for awhile or in diabetics who have taken too much insulin. Food gives your body energy. Energy comes from glucose in food. When you haven't eaten, your glucose levels drop & you no longer have energy for your body to work properly. Your brain always needs glucose to function & you can get migraines if do not have it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the diagnostic difference between a headache and a migraine? How do you know a headache is a migraine? What is the key clue to a migraine?
Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches?
Yes, potentially: If one looks in pdr, one would think that all drugs could cause headaches, but some are more often the culprits. Watch out for female hormonal agents, medicines used for blood pressure control, items to control thyroid fnctn, some ms and anti-epileptic drugs, just to name a few. ...Read more
How to relieve migraine headaches? What are the main causes of migraine hearaches? Can it be allecviated by caffeine or vitmains?
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