Understanding Migraines

Migraines are headaches so intensely painful that you are unable to function and make you wish you could just shut the whole world out. Migraines are so painful you’d want to take an entire bottle of pain killers.

It is reported that 17% of females and 6% of men are afflicted by migraines.

Signs and symptoms

Before migraine sets in, you may feel a sensation of tingling in your hands and/or feet. You may also experience visual disruptions such as flashes of light or blind spots. Some people with migraine experience photosensitivity and/or sensitivity to sound.

Other symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pain on one or both sides of the head
  • pain that gets worse with activity
  • pain that gets in the way of activity

Migraine is so intensely painful that it can render you incapacitated for hours or even days. Some people with migraine experience this painful condition several times a month, while others experience it a lot less frequently.

Migraine treatment

As of now, there is still no cure for migraines, but there have been a lot of advances in the management of migraines that it is now easier to handle. Medications are available to alleviate the frequency and intensity of migraines. Lifestyle changes and homemade remedies can also help manage migraine.

Classic migraines vs. common migraines

The difference between classic and common migraines is the aura. Migraines that do not come with auras are called common migraines. Migraines that are accompanied by auras are called classic migraines. This aura can occur 15-30 minutes before the onset of the migraine. It may stay for the duration of the headache or come after it.

The aura is characterized by:

  • Seeing flashes of sparkling light.

  • Seeing zigzag lines within your field of vision.

  • Seeing widening blindspots.

  • Feeling the pins-and-needles sensation in one arm or leg.

  • Tingling feeling in the extremities.

  • A sensation of weakness and/or language or speech difficulty.