This neurological disease can cause debilitating throbbing pain that can leave you in bed for days! Movement, light, sound, and other triggers may cause symptoms like pain, tiredness, nausea, visual disturbances, numbness and tingling, irritability, difficulty speaking, temporary loss of vision, and many more.
Let’s talk about most frequently asked questions about migraine:
Experts estimate that nearly 1/3rd of the adult population experiences headaches. Women are about three times more likely than men to experience migraines.
It’s difficult to predict who may get a migraine and who may not, but there are risk factors that may make you more vulnerable. These risk factors include:
Genetics: Up to 80% of people who get migraine headaches have a first-degree relative with the disease.
Gender. Migraine headaches happen to women more than men, especially women between the ages of 15 and 55. It’s likely more common in women because of the influence of hormones.
Stress level. You may get migraines more often if you’re under high-stress. Stress can trigger a migraine.
The frequency of a migraine could be once a year, once a week or any amount of time in between. Having two to four migraine headaches per month is the most common.
Migraines tend to run in families. As many as four out of five people with migraines have a family history. If one parent has a history of migraines, their child has a 50% chance of having them. If both parents have a history of migraines, the risk jumps to 75%. Again, up to 80% of people with migraines have a first-degree relative with the disease.
Yes, but pediatric migraines are often shorter and there are more stomach symptoms.
No. Migraines don’t cause brain damage.
There is a tiny risk of stroke in people who get migraines with aura – 1 or 2 people out of 100,000.
Discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider first. They can diagnose migraine headaches and start treatment. You may require a referral to a Neuro specialist.
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