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- Feb 11 2017
Migraine: Myths and Facts
Migraines are recurrent throbbing headaches that cause intense pain in one area of the head. It is mainly accompanied by vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. Migraine attacks can cause moderate to severe pain. There are many things that can trigger a migraine attack such as anxiety, stress, exposure to light, hormonal changes (in female) and lack of food or sleep.
There are many misconceptions regarding migraines. Falling into the trap of those myths can prevent us from being treated properly. So, let’s debunk those myths!
MYTH: A MIGRAINE IS JUST A BIG HEADACHE
FACT: Headache is just one of the symptoms associated with migraines. Other symptoms are neck pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound. During a migraine attack, the person can become unable to function normally.
MYTH: ONLY WOMEN SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES
FACT: Both, men and women, can get migraine attacks. In fact, according to researches, migraines affect 1 out of 7 women and 1 out of 18 men. It’s just the hormonal changes in women that explains why migraines are more common among women than men.
MYTH: A MIGRAINE CAN BE CAUSED BY DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY
FACT: Although there may be some links between migraines and psychological health, it is not caused by depression or anxiety. However, depression and anxiety can increase the number of attacks and cause severe pain.
MYTH: THERE IS NO CURE FOR MIGRAINES. I HAVE TO ENDURE MY PAIN
FACT: It is a fact that there is no cure for migraines. But, it is also a fact that you can control them. There are few medications and healthy lifestyle habits that can help control migraine attacks.
MYTH: I SHOULDN’T DO TOO MUCH PHYSICAL EXERCISE, IF I HAVE MIGRAINES
FACT: Regular exercise can help control migraines. However, if you notice that physical exercise is triggering migraines, consult a doctor immediately.
MYTH: CHILDREN ARE NOT AFFECTED BY MIGRAINES
FACT: Migraines can affect children. However, migraines in children may not last as long as those in adults.
MYTH: MIGRAINES OCCUR DUE TO STRONG PRESSURE IN THE HEAD’S BLOOD VESSELS
FACT: Few years back, it was believed that migraines occur due to strong pressure in the head’s blood vessels. However, now it is believed that an abnormal reaction in the brain’s neurons causes migraines.
MYTH: IT IS EASY TO TREAT MIGRAINES
FACT: Migraines are one of the most complex problems to diagnose and treat. Yet, there is no treatment discovered for migraines. There are few medications that can help control them. Experts are still researching on the subject to discover a treatment.
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