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 Understand and Prevent Migrain

 

People who suffer from intermittent attacks of migraine know the symptoms all too well, the inconvenience of unexpected attacks, the frustration of “cures” that have not worked, and the expense of lost work and healthcare.

Understanding migraine – the different types, the symptoms, and the possible causes -gives you the knowledge to deal more effectively with your condition.


Migraine is a condition that can affect anyone at any time. Some people are more likely to experience migraine attacks than others but, if the right mix of conditions come together, almost anyone can experience a migraine. It is a condition that affects not just you and your quality of life but your family and friends and colleagues as well. How often have you had to miss a family party, not been able to make an important meeting, had to go to bed early or lost the first three days of your holiday just because of your migraine? By its very nature, migraine is unpredictable. We all like to feel in control of our lives but migraine can strike at any time and often at the most inopportune time. The more you, as an individual, understand about your migraine and how it affects you, the greater chance you have of being able to control your migraine. Or at least feel in control of it some of the time if not all of the time.

 

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Headaches can occur for no apparent reason or as a result of exposure to a substance that causes or leads to the development of headache symptoms. These substances may be in prescribed medication and represent a side effect of that drug, or be in foods we eat or drinks we drink. As with any headache, not everyone is susceptible and there is no way of knowing if you are going to have a problem until you have been exposed to that substance. It may be that the headache starts as soon as you are exposed or you get the headache only when your exposure ends.

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6. Recognizing possibly more serious headaches

The words ‘serious’ or ‘sinister’ in connection with headaches means to most people making sure that there is not a brain tumour. In fact, a brain tumour is very rarely a cause of headache.

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7. Who gets migraine and other headaches?

Headaches can affect anyone, at any time, for many different reasons and for no reason at all. Different people cope with headaches differently and different people perceive and experience pain differently.

Heredity and Gender

Both my partner and I suffer from migraines. Does this mean that our children will probably have them too?

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8. Other factors behind headaches

 Are there any particular medical conditions that might mean I am more likely to get a headache?

 Headache is a very common symptom and may occur coincidentally with other disease processes or be directly related to those processes. For example, poorly controlled diabetes or an overactive thyroid gland may lead to an increase in headache symptoms.

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9. How can I help myself?

Migraine can leave you feeling as if you are not in control of your life. It may feel as though your migraine decides what you can and cannot do rather than your deciding what you want to do. Being aware of how different aspects of your diet and lifestyle can affect your migraine threshold will help you take back control.

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