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  • What Are the Basic Migraine Symptoms

    According to Wikipedia, “a migraine is a severe, painful headache that can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.”

    One of the symptoms of a migraine headache is lack of sleep. It can be difficult to sleep due to the constant pain associated with migraine headaches. Studies have shown an association between lack of sleep and severe, painful headaches.

    "A lot of people will have insomnia as a result of their migraine," says Edmund Messina, medical director of the Michigan Headache Clinic in East Lansing, Michigan.

    Causes of migraine headaches are various. Some of the most common causes are:
    • Hormonal change in women’s body.
    • Food additives
    • Stress
    • Changes in sleep pattern
    • Physical factors
    • Drinking habit etc.

    Cluster headaches is one of the symptoms of a migraine and can be defined as a regular series of headaches which are relatively short, but extremely painful. It might continue for weeks or months at a time. However, the thing about cluster headaches is that you tend to get them at the same time of each year. Due to their seasonal nature, there is confusion between cluster headaches and allergy symptoms.

    Sinus headaches are mistaken as a common symptom of a migraine. Sinus headaches are caused by sinuates. You can feel a dull and throbbing pain on the upper part of your face if you have a sinus headache. However, migraines do not cause sinus headaches.

    Constant headaches is the most common symptom of a migraine. They can occur for more than a month in special circumstances. Constant headaches last for either a short or long period of time.

    So now that you know the symptoms of a migraine and the types of severe, painful headaches associated with migraines, you can navigate your way through them with the help of over the counter medicine or a licensed doctor.
    Mar 20, 2017
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