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Understanding Migraine Headaches

There is a lot to understand about migraines. Risk factors vary from person to person, and can change significantly depending on age and gender. Treatments for migraine headaches can vary from other types as well so gaining as much knowledge as possible about migraines can help you greatly.
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Unusual Conditions Linked to Migraines in Children
Not all types of migraines have headaches, and there are a few migraine variations that lead to migraines in children. Up to 10 percent of children and 20 percent of adolescents will experience a migraine at least once, and for some the major symptoms will not include head pain. Cyclical vomiting, abdominal migraines, and benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood are three migraine variations that o…

How Common Are Migraines?
Many patients wonder about migraine frequency and are curious if there are others out there suffering like they are. It is not surprising to find out that there are many other people--men, women, and children alike--who suffer at least once in their lifetimes.

PedMIDAS Questionnaire
The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire was developed to measure the effect migraine headaches have on your daily function. It tries to determine how many days of your life were affected to the point that you were unable to function in a way to which you are accustomed. MIDAS takes into account the past three months when asking the questions. It was later adapted for children and given the label “PedMIDAS.”

The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) Questionnaire
The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire was developed to measure the effect migraine headaches have on your daily function. It tries to determine how many days of your life were affected to the point that you were unable to function in a way to which you are accustomed. MIDAS takes into account the past three months when asking the questions.

Serotonin Syndrome
Serotonin Syndrome is an extremely dangerous condition that is usually caused by an adverse reaction to some medication. It can be the result of medication interactions, overdose, or even therapeutic use. There are numerous drugs used to treat headaches that can cause Serotonin Syndrome so headache sufferers would be wise to learn more about this potentially life-threatening condition.

Cleaning Headaches
When we talk about cleaning headaches we’re not just talking about those stubborn stains that won’t come out. Common household cleaning supplies can be a trigger for many migraine sufferers, and finding ways to keep your home clean without exposing yourself to the offending substances can be different kind of headache all together.

Risk Factors for Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches can affect anyone. Understanding your risk factors for developing migraines, including knowing what you can change and what you cannot, will help you better deal with them.

Migraine Aura
Many time migraine headaches are preceded by some sort of visual disturbance known as an aura. They usually occur anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours before the pain of a migraine starts. These symptoms typically last for anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes. There are times when the aura occurs without actual pain, and in these cases it is known as a migraine equivalent.

Migraine Triggers
Sometimes figuring out what causes a migraine is a difficult thing. Knowing the common (and sometimes not so common) migraine triggers will help you begin to understand how you experience headaches.

Migraine Phases
Individuals who learn to recognize the phases of a migraine may be able to treat symptoms early on, limiting the duration of these painful and disruptive episodes. Early treatment may involve taking migraine medication immediately, drinking a caffeinated drink, taking a shower, or resting, and may arrest the progression of a headache to a full-blown migraine.

Headaches and Depression
Though there seems to be a connection between headaches, especially migraine headaches, and depression, researchers are still unsure as to what accounts for this linkage. However, the connection may involve chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, which help transfer nerve impulses in the brain.

Hemiplegic Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches are always painful and disruptive, but on rare occasions, the symptoms preceding a migraine can be downright terrifying. These symptoms resemble those of stroke, and may include dizziness, loss of motor control and one-sided paralysis. Such headaches are termed "hemiplegic headaches."

Vestibular Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches that are associated with episodes of vertigo are known as vestibular migraines. These are relatively uncommon, but very debilitating headaches.

Children With Migraines
Most children will experience at least one headache before the age of 15. About 5% to 10% grade school children will get a migraine and up to 20% of adolescents will experience one. Although the treatment of headaches in children is fairly straightforward, diagnosis isn’t always as simple.

Kids and Headaches
Headaches are quite common in children, but don't always present in the same ways as in adults. Learn more about how children experience headaches, what types of headaches they get, and what you can do about them.

Silent Migraines
When is a migraine not a headache? While this might sound like a riddle, it actually has a serious answer. Surprisingly, migraines can occur without the classic pulsing head pain. In fact, about 3 to 5% of people with chronic migraines experience such headache-free migraines, known as "silent migraines."

Migraines and Sex
Although the topic of sex and headaches have been the source of countless bad jokes, the combination is no laughing matter to individuals who actually experience sex-related headaches. Can sexual activity trigger migraines, and what can be done about them?

Abdominal Migraines
One of the most poorly understood and unusual types of migraines is something known as an "abdominal migraine." This kind of headache disorder doesn't necessarily produce head pain but causes abdominal distress, nausea and vomiting.

Sex and Migraine Headaches
The relationship between headaches and sex has long been fodder for sitcom jokes with myriad portrayals of (mostly) women begging off intimacy because they do not feel well. But while comedians like to equate headaches with abstinence, there are some people for whom the opposite is true: these headache-prone individuals not only have stronger libidos, but orgasm is a very effective pain reliever.

Weather and Migraines
There are a number of triggers for migraine headaches--certain foods or activities, medications, or stress--but is weather a factor? Read more to discover how meteorology is relevant to migraineurs.

Dealing With Migraine Related Depression
An article that gives advice on how to deal with migraines and associated depression

Coping with Nausea From A Migraine
Outlines coping strategies for dealing with nausea symptoms induced by migraine.

Migraines and Behavior in Children

I Smell a Migraine

Risk Factors for Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches can affect anyone. Understanding your risk factors for developing migraines, including knowing what you can change and what you cannot, will help you better deal with them.

Sleep and Migraine
Find out how sleep and migraines are related.

Is There a Link Between Headaches and Obesity in Children?
Headaches in children are very common complaints, occurring in approximately 40 to 75% of the pediatric population. Similarly, obesity (defined as a body mass index or BMI greater than 30) is a common childhood health concern. Understanding the association between your child’s weight and her headaches may help improve their quality of life and overall health.

Migraines and Obesity
Obesity is a worldwide epidemic and has devastating health consequences. While we commonly hear about the link between obesity and heart disease or diabetes, many people do not know about the evidence linking obesity to various pain disorders such as migraines.

Is There a Link Between MS and Headaches?


What is a Migraine Aura?
Your migraine experience is may be more then a one-sided, debilitating and pulsating headache. For many of you, it is also associated with a single or plethora of neurologic symptoms that can be uncomfortable and/or alarming. Let’s review the variety of neurologic symptoms one may experience during a migraine with aura.

Is There a Link Between Migraines and My Income?
The burden of being a migraine sufferer is often compounded by its affects on your work life. Whether you have to take medical leave, miss multiple days of work a month, or find yourself present, but not very functional at work, than your stress level is likely pretty high. Of course, this stress can then precipitate or worsen headaches, creating a vicious cycle. Scientists are currently exploring the complex relationship between migraines and one’s socioeconomic status or income level. Let’s take a look at one recent study that analyzes the link between migraines and income.

Fear of Headaches
Learn more about the fear or phobia of having or anticipating a headache, a condition formally known as cephalalgiaphobia.

Sneezing, Sniffles and Migraines
Learn about the potential link or connection between migraines and rhinitis, a medical condition characterized by nasal congestion and sneezing.

Is There a Link Between Migraines and Plastics?

Is There a Link Between Migraines and Baby Colic?

"I Have Chronic Pain"
Learn about the basics of chronic pain and how it is related to ehadaches.

Migraine and "Hole in My Heart"

Is There a Link Between Fibromyalgia and Migraines?
Learn about the relationship between fibromyalgia and migraines. It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from both.


Learn about what photophobia is and how it relates to migraines.

H. Pylori and Migraine
Learn about the association between H. pylori and migraine and whether eradication of this bacteria can help manage your migraines.

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