Migraine and Headache Awareness
Migraine, an invisible illness is more than just a headache; it is a neurological disease that can leave you incapacitated for days. Migraine is a significant public health issue affecting 1 billion people globally. Still, some doctors think the figures are low because many people with migraines are usually not diagnosed. To create awareness on this issue, here are frequently asked questions on migraine.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Migraine
What is a migraine?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a migraine is a headache capable of causing severe throbbing or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It is typically accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and intense sensitivity to light and sound. It can last for hours to days, and the pain can be severe that it prevents you from carrying out your regular daily routines.
How common is migraine?
Being an important public health problem with a billion populations suffering from the disorder, this makes migraine the third most common illness in the world. However, it is more common and burdensome for women, especially women of childbearing age- a factor believed to be a result of hormonal changes.
Who are at increased risk of getting migraine?
Some people are more prone to having migraine than others. Below are people at higher risk of having this issue.
- Between the ages of 18-44.
- With a family history of migraines.
- Have depression, anxiety, and sleep issues.
- Living below the poverty line and those unemployed.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
The most common symptoms of migraines are:
- Blind spots in vision.
- Seeing bright flashing dots or sparkles.
- Seeing wavy lines.
- Numb or tingling skin.
- Speech changes.
- Temporary vision loss.
- Changes in smell or taste.
How can I stop a migraine?
According to experts, early recognition is the most crucial factor in stopping a headache. The earlier it is recognized, the more likely the treatment will work. Have a treatment plan, work out the things you will do when it occurs, and always have your medication with you- prescribed by a neurologist.