At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 68
Persistent headaches and migraine can severely affect
a person's quality of life. Fortunately, there is a range
of treatments that can be tailored to each person
igraine is humanity's headache.
If you suffer from headaches
that are so bad they stop you
doing what you want to do,
you are getting migraines. If you suffer
from headaches that make you feel
sick, you're getting migraines. If you
suffer from headaches that are made
worse by light, noise or movement,
they're migraines. If you get headaches
with your periods or when you eat a
Chinese takeaway or when you
overindulge or when you sleep in -
these are migraines.
Migraines make it difficult for people
to concentrate, attend to work, meet
friends and generally carry on the
normal activities of daily life.
Migraine affects 25% of women and
10-15% of men. The tendency to suffer
from migraine has a genetic basis, but
individual attacks can be triggered by
internal or external factors, or may
simply start for no apparent reason.
The word 'migraine' comes from the
Greek word hemicrania, meaning 'half
of the head'. While it is true that some
migraines affect only one side of the
head, the pain is often bilateral (on both
sides) at the front or back of the head.
More rarely, pain is felt in the face and,
rarer still, in the body. It is generally
throbbing in nature and made worse by
any movement - even modest exertion.
Most migraine attacks are severe.
The pain of migraine is typically
accompanied by other features, such
as nausea, dizziness, lack of appetite,
disturbances of bowel function, and
sensitivity to light, noise and smells.
Picture above depicts a typical migraine
visual aura, as drawn in 1870
About 20% of people who have
migraines experience aura (perceptual
disturbances), usually before the
headache starts. Many people have
premonitory (warning) symptoms up to
48 hours before their migraine starts.