A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins.
Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. An aura is a group of symptoms, including vision disturbances, that are a warning sign that a bad headache is coming.
Migraine headaches tend to first appear between the ages of 10 and 45. Sometimes they may begin later in life.
A migraine is caused by abnormal brain activity, which can be triggered by a number of factors. However, the exact chain of events remains unclear. Today, most medical experts believe the attack begins in the brain, and involves nerve pathways and chemicals. The changes affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues
If you have frequent migraines, your doctor may prescribe medicine to reduce the number of attacks. You need to take the medicine every day for it to be effective. Medications may include:
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections may also help reduce migraine attacks if they occur more than 15 days per month.
If these treatments don't help, ask your doctor about prescription medicines. These include nasal sprays, suppositories, or injections. All compounded formulas are individualized and customized to products specifically compatible with you.