Top Five Factors for Migraines
A migraine is a type of severe headache that causes a person to suffer from extreme pain or a pulsing sensation in their head, along with nausea and/or vomiting, and a severe sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can come on suddenly and last for hours, or in some cases they can last for days. Many will describe the pain and symptoms of a migraine as being so severe they are completely disabled during the experience. A migraine is a type of severe headache that causes a person to suffer from extreme pain or a pulsing sensation in their head, along with nausea and/or vomiting, and a severe sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can come on suddenly and last for hours, or in some cases they can last for days. Many will describe the pain and symptoms of a migraine as being so severe they are completely disabled during the experience.
Migraines are known to have several warning signs for people who have the tendency to experience them frequently. Some of the warning signs include a change in vision (or “aura”), flashes of light, blind spots, or a tingling sensation in a part of the face, head, arm or leg. Migraines occur in four different stages:
However, not everyone will experience every stage of a migraine every time.
Scientists have conducted extensive research into the causes of migraines. There are many different theories (some contradicting) as to what is to blame for the severe headaches. Migraines are not fully understood by the medical community, which means that there are no known definitive causes for these headaches. However, there are many factors that scientists have been able to link as possible contributors to the symptoms. Some of those factors include:
● Diet: Various foods and drinks have been linked to migraines such as aged cheese, salty and processed foods, foods that contain MSG (often found in fast food and Chinese food), and alcoholic beverages (especially wine).
●Hormonal Changes: Scientists have observed that the natural hormonal changes that occur in females throughout a monthly menstrual cycle can cause the onset of migraines. In some cases, contraceptives like the birth control pill have been known to increase the likelihood of migraines.
● Stress: Stressors like problems at work, in relationships, and family issues have been known to contribute to an increase in migraine symptoms.
● Changes in Sleep Habits: Missing sleep or getting very little sleep has been linked to many different health issues, and migraines are one of them.
● Medications: There are countless medications on the market today the FDA has warned will contribute to the onset of mild or frequent migraines. Oral contraceptives and nitroglycerin are two examples of medications that have migraines listed as a side effect.
Aside from the direct causes, there are a number of risk factors that could increase the potential for someone to be predisposed to experiencing migraine headaches. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are all risk factors:
● Family history: People who have a family member with migraines have a higher chance of developing them also.
● Age: Migraines can start at any stage of life, but usually first appear during adolescence.
● Sex: Women are as much as three times more likely to suffer from migraines. Although boys tend to have more headaches as young children, it is more common for females to experience the onset of full migraines as they mature.
● Hormonal changes: For women with migraines, headaches can begin following the beginning of menstruation. They might change throughout pregnancy or during menopause. Following menopause, most women see an improvement in their migraine symptoms.
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