As you may know, there are many types of migraines, from
migraine equivalents, to digestive migraines, even migraine
auras without headache.
But the most common type is a headache migraine, or migraine
headache. Let's review headache migraine symptoms, and then
I'll suggest some links for more info and treatments.
Most headache migraines go undiagnosed. Even though 18%
of women and 6% of men get migraines, 59% of women's migraine
headaches and 71% of men's go undiagnosed.
The first headache migraine symptom is, of course, headache,
which happens one or two times per month. There are migraine
symptoms that precede the headache by up to 24 hours, including:
excitability, irritability, increased appetite and cravings (especially
sweets), depression, sleepiness, fatigue, yawning, and increase
sensitivity to your environment (sights, sounds, smells, etc.).
The headache migraine includes these symptoms: lasts for
from 4 to 72 hours, may be one sided, may be throbbing, may be
The headache migraine often comes with these symptoms:
56% of men and 82% of women get nausea or vomiting; 25% of men
and 53% of women get sensitive to sound or light. My experience
is that along with the digestive symptoms comes fatigue.. and
that if there is sleepiness, I'm more likely to be dizzy or confused.
If you're not sure if your headache is a migraine headache
or not, you may need to see a doctor. But if your parents
(especially your mom) had migraines, chances are higher that your
headache is a migraine.
It's sometimes hard to differentiate, because a tension
or sinus headache can activate a migraine headache. So,
just because it started with one, or you have symptoms of it,
doesn't mean you don't also have migraine. Those associated symptoms
listed above will help you consider it.
As I've noted in other articles, I am an alternative medicine
practitioner who gets migraines myself. We have a number
of other articles for you to read to understand your headache
migraine symptoms and how to deal with and prevent migraine headaches.
Look in the column to the left for those links.