What is a Migraine?

What is a Migraine?

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. 

Managing Migraine Headaches

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),

Migraine Headaches

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.