Symptoms of a Migraine

Well you have a headache and you want to know if it is actually a migraine. According to the International Headache Society, yes there really is such a society, a headache is treatable quite effectively and quite quickly with common headache meds such as aspirins where as a common migraine lasts from anywhere between four-seventy two hours after taking common headache meds then in most cases an over the counter med is advised and if in some cases it lasts longer than seventy two hours then it is strongly advised that you seek out immediate medical attention.

The frequency of a headache is also classified as a symptom but let us explore the migraine specifics more thoroughly.

Symptoms of a migraine… hold on we will get to that; allow me first to start with some important facts pertaining to migraines. Migraines are not all in the mind, they are a biologic headache disorders. Migraines do not have known causes which is why it is so very difficult to diagnose. All sufferers have different symptoms and migraines are not always curable because what works for one may not work for another. Migraines do affect women more than men but it is not linked to gender nor is it linked to age because there have been many cases of babies, kids and teenagers becoming afflicted.

A common migraine is referred to as a migraine without aura and a migraine with aura is known as an Ocular migraine which affects the eyes.

The International Headache Society has certain criteria that they allocate to a headache to be defined as a migraine. Symptoms of a migraine are a headache that must be accompanied by two to four pain descriptors. The pain is restricted to one side of the head, it is not a consistent pain but pulsates, and it is so excruciatingly intense it prevents you from functioning or debilitates you.

The pain worsens when normal daily activities are attempted. A headache must also be accompanied by one -four side effects: sensitivity to sound which is called phonophobia, sensitivity to light which is called photophobia, vomiting and nausea.

It is always recommended that you exclude other conditions that may be causes of your migraines, you should get medical tests done for extreme cases such as MRI or CAT scans or seeks out a specialist to rule out a possibly fatal condition.

Symptoms of a migraine should be paid attention to and taken very seriously, every detail is important to remember. It is advisable to keep a record of frequency, duration and type of headache. Our bodies are truly amazing entities, it will warn us, if we pay attention to it that is, to any and all more serious ailments that could lead to fatal consequences.