When discussing migraines the first symptom – and most common – that people expect to experience is pain. Migraine pain may or may not be more significant than that of a normal headache. Some individuals who have mild-to-moderate head pain are actually diagnosed with migraine. The pain does not have to be severe or debilitating to be migranous in nature.
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 are distinct from other types of headaches in that they typically occur regularly, sometimes on a yearly basis, others occur monthly or several times per month. They are described as throbbing, pounding and intense pain on one side of the head that may spread to the other side. Migraines are accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting and the person may experience sensitivity to light (photophobia),
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.