Is your favorite sports team giving you a splitting headache? Ever wonder why? Migraines affect 29.5 million Americans, and you could be one of them.
Migraines typically affect people between the ages of 15 and 55. They are often hereditary and more common in women. They are usually triggered by improper sleep, skipping meals, bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, stress, weather changes, alcohol, too much caffeine or withdrawal, and certain foods with unnatural additives. The Department of Health recommends keeping a headache diary to help determine individual triggers.
The two most common forms of migraines are migraine with aura and migraine without aura. A person may have sensory symptoms for up to 30 minutes prior to a migraine attack when it is a migraine with aura. This may be represented as seeing flashing lights or blind spots, experiencing numbness or tingling in the face or hands, experiencing an odd sense of smell, taste, or touch, and feeling foggy. A migraine without aura does not present with the precursory symptoms.
The difference between a tension headache and a migraine are determined by severity and whether or not the headache is debilitating. Migraines typically render a person useless until the symptoms subside. Stress can bring on a migraine attack, so it is important to eat healthy, be active, find time to relax, and get enough sleep. Also avoid the triggers once they are determined to be the cause of migraines.
Keep in mind that stressing over the rival game or during the national championship does not change the outcome of the game! Try to relax and enjoy the game as entertainment and a fun time with friends and family.
See the following article for more details on migraines: 1.14.2015 – migraine
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