Migraines are episodic headaches that are characterized by pulsating head pain, usually occurring on one side of the head that can worsen with routine activity. These attacks may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, an increased sensitivity to light, an increased sensitivity to sound, dizziness, blurred vision, an aura, and other symptoms.
Episodic migraine refers to attacks that occur less than 15 days per month.
Migraine headaches affect 28 million people in the United States yearly, affecting more women than men. This chronic disorder can lead to functional and economic disabilities and emotional stress. Only 39% of migraine headaches are diagnosed by a medical professional, indicating that most live undiagnosed using over the counter analgesics for some relief. The problem with that approach is that this condition is rarely managed effectively with some transforming from episodic to chronic,
Migraines headaches that are characterized by pulsating head pain, usually occurring on one side of the head that can worsen with routine activity. These attacks are accompanied by a host of symptoms that can include nausea, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Recently conducted research indicates that 13% of the general population suffers from migraine headache.
Headaches are a very common complaint that brings patients to a doctor’s office. Every patient with headaches deserves a careful evaluation to rule out serious conditions; fortunately, most are benign and not medically worrisome. However, the majority of patients that suffer from headaches remain poorly treated and suffer unnecessarily. One of the more common causes of recurrent headaches is migraine.