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Migraines more than just a headache

Migraine is a syndrome that can present with headaches, photosensitivity, an aura, visual disturbances (including flashing lights or blindness), nausea and vomiting, and causes the sufferer a degree of disability due to pain. It can be attributable to genes, mineral imbalances (e.g. magnesium), hormonal imbalances (e.g. serotonin) and lifestyle (e.g. lack of sleep). Migraines are as difficult to treat effectively as they are to diagnose. Treatment can incorporate lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, analgesia medication, antidepressants, and alternative therapies such as massage or acupuncture. These can be accessed through a general practitioner or specialist such as a neurologist. Avoidance of known triggers including caffeine, weather, chemicals, hypoglycemia, food allergies, lack of sleep, chocolate and menstruation should also decrease frequency of attacks. It is unknown if there is permanent damage to the brain after migraines, apart from an acute decrease in mental functioning.

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About: Migraines more than just a headache

Date: 2005

Source: Health and Fitness News Service

Author: Harriet Edleson

URL: http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2005/7/3/health/11367826&sec=health

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