Migraine headaches are a common condition, affecting up to
1 in 5 of us. The exact cause of Migraine headaches is unknown,
and they appear to vary from person to person. They are thought
to be due to temporary changes in blood vessels in the brain,
which in turn, result in the release of chemicals via nerve fibres.
The chemicals start a process of inflammation which results in
pain. The sympathetic nervous system is triggered, making the
sufferer vomit or even experience diarrhoea. In the case of
migraine headaches, this physiological response is often associated
with certain triggers such as tiredness, smells, bright lights,
certain foods and the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle (hormonal).
How to tell if you have a migraine headache
Feeling or actually being sick
A throbbing in the head or back of eye
You become more sensitive to light and sound
The pain is on one side only
Potential Aura before the migraine kicks in
When to seek medical help
Please call 999 if you experience any of the following:
Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms and/or one side of the face
Slurred or garbled speech
A sudden agonising headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
Headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and a rash
These symptoms can be a sign of a more serious condition such as Meningitis or a Stroke, and should be assessed by a doctor as soon as possible.