Other than that, migraines are oftentimes (but not always) on one side of the head. Unlike headaches, migraines can be accompanied by pulsing and throbbing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and noise.
Although most migraine sufferers have family members who also suffer from migraines, there are external triggers as well. Top triggers include weather changes, missing a meal, stress, alcohol, caffeine, food, and hormonal changes that can occur during menstruation.
If you’re having migraines or headaches, try pinpointing possible triggers by keeping a headache journal. Include when the pain began, any activities you were doing, and food or drink consumed in the past 24 hours.
If you are unable to pinpoint the cause of pain, you should seek professional medical attention.
However, some migraine sufferers turn to their doctor for answers to find expensive prescription drugs which some insurance companies don't cover.
Unfortunately, prescription treatment options like anti-convulsants and anti-depressants also have unwanted side effects. The most effective way to treat a migraine is to prevent it before it begins by figuring out what triggers them.
Other alternative treatment options include:
Acupressure: The Chinese technique of acupressure can be used alleviate painful migraines. This tutorial helps explain how.
Feverfew: An herbal supplement believed to relieve pain.
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