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Migraines

A migraine is a severe, painful headache, which affects around two million Australian adults. Women are more likely to experience migraines than men. While migraines can be experienced at any age they are more common before the age of 40. Half of the people who experience migraines have a family history of them.

Types of migraine

A classic migraine comes with a set of symptoms called aura. These symptoms generally last for over an hour. While a common migraine strikes without aura, up to 1 in 3 people will experience aura symptoms.

Aura symptoms

Common aura symptoms include:

  • Poor concentration
  • Lack of coordination
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tingling sensations in the face, arms and hands

Symptoms

A migraine can start at any time with symptoms occurring before, during or even after a migraine. While not all migraines are the same, general symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Increased sensitivity to noise and lights
  • A prolonged headache lasting from four to 72 hours
  • Throbbing pain on one side of your head
  • A headache that is triggered when you exercise or are active, preventing you from continuing
  • Vomiting, nausea and feeling unwell

Causes

Common triggers can include:

  • Loud noises
  • Particular smells
  • Particular foods and drinks, e.g. such as caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and cheese
  • Bright lights
  • Flickering lights
  • Tension throughout your neck and/or shoulders
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Poor posture
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Overdoing exercise, especially if you are not used to it
  • Skipping meals

Treatment

Migraines are treated with a variety of treatments that range from medication to relaxation techniques. When headaches are caused by mechanical neck problems consulting a chiropractor or physiotherapist may be of value. For causes of headache that are not related to the muscles and joints of the neck, seeing your GP for a range of treatment options is the best first step.

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