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Migraine Headaches
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. www.ninds.nih.gov
Migraine Headaches are the most common type of vascular headache. Migraine headaches are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, and at times disturbed vision.
Classic Migraine
Common Migraine
Intense, throbbing, or pounding and is felt in the forehead, temple, ear, jaw, or around the eye.
It starts on one side of the head but may eventually spread to the other side.
An attack lasts 1 to 2 pain-wracked days.
It is not preceded by an aura
Some people experience a variety of vague symptoms beforehand, including mental fuzziness, mood changes, fatigue, and unusual retention of fluids
During the headache phase, a person may have diarrhea and increased urination, as well as nausea and vomiting.
The pain can last 3 or 4 days.
Classic Migraine starts on one side of the head but may eventually spread to the other side.
Blood flow changes in the brain
It is not clear the cause of migraine headaches. However, it is generally agreed that a key element of migraine headaches are blood flow changes in the brain.
People who get migraine headaches appear to have blood vessels that overreact to various triggers.
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