Migraines differ from regular, everyday headaches. Do you know the difference? Explore the definition of "migraine" and see what increases your risk of experiencing one.
What type of headaches do you get?
Migraines often go undiagnosed, and therefore untreated, but you can address the subject by learning more about this painful phenomenon.
According to Merriam-Webster, the official definition of "migraine" is:
1: a condition marked by recurring moderate to severe headache with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to three days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound, and is sometimes preceded by an aura and is often followed by fatigue
However, not all migraines are alike. The Migraine Association of Ireland categorizes migraines into seven types:
Now that you know the different types of migraines, what predisposes you to developing the condition?
Several factors may make you more prone to develop migraines. Mayo Clinic references these factors that affect your risk:
Other factors such as obesity may affect your risk for developing migraines, and according to Migraine.com you might want to consider factors affecting migraine progression. However, if you have migraines you are not alone, and this condition has several identifiable triggers and symptoms (see related post > "Migraine Triggers, Symptoms, and Diagnosis").
I hope that this post helps readers better understand what a migraine is, thereby prompting the exploration of medical diagnosis and treatment. Perhaps increased awareness will help those who suffer from migraines receive appropriate care and sympathy.
What specific form of migraine do you most often experience?
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