You know the feeling sharp throbbing pain or a dull ache, not all headaches need a doctor’s attention but when it starts to affect your daily activities or quality of life it’s time to talk to an expert.

Headaches are a way of life for many people but as they well know all brain busters are not created equal many times. Someone will mistake an extremely severe headache with a migraine correct a migraine is something very different is usually a unilateral headache that has a throbbing pulse in nature.

They usually at the sensitivity of light noise nausea and vomiting about twelve percent of the population suffers from migraines and unlike a tension headache which is generally a band of pressure around the head severe migraines are localized and debilitating. You can develop neurological symptoms numbness tingling weakness a lot of people just have to lay down in a dark room for several hours similar to headaches brought on by allergies things in the environment may precipitate a migraine known triggers include strong smells weather changes in glaring lights, as well as behavioral factors like missed meals, stress to lack of sleep alcohol and certain foods unlike allergies or sinus headaches migraines, are not limited to a season a lot of people end up developing chronic headaches and their everyday headaches usually more than 15 headaches a month doctors may prescribe daily preventative drugs along with meds to treat acute symptoms many people find relief with non-traditional methods including acupuncture.

What are the symptoms and stages of a migraine?

In general, there are four stages to a migraine attack, the prodrome, the aura, the headache itself and then the postdrome. About 60% of patients experience prodrome although many of them do not realize it. Prodromal symptoms include such things as hyperactivity, decreased ability to sleep. In some people sluggishness or yawing, some people notice they become crabby, they urinate more frequently, they crave certain foods, and often they start to have a heightened awareness of their senses. So, the light seems brighter, the sound seems stronger, and they start complaining that their family is too louder, or the workplace is too loud when in fact nothing has changed. They are just more sensitive to it.

The second aura, and interestingly many doctors and many patients also think you need to have an aura to have a migraine headache, but in fact, the aura is fairly rare. Only about 20% of migraine suffers experience the aura, and by definition, the aura is a transient or a short-lived disturbance in some function in the neurologic ability.

Usually, it is a visual disturbance so people will see sparkling lights or shooting stars, or zig-zag lines that blot out their vision. Some people may notice they become numb on their faces, or their hands, on the side around the opposite side of their headache, and still other people may notice they have trouble speaking.

The next stage of migraine not surprisingly is the headache, and the classic symptom of the migraine headache is that it is a one-sided headache. It tends to be throbbing or pounding, moderate to severe in intensity but it is not just the head pain that makes the headache of migraine. It is what associated with the headache. People during migraine experience nausea. They may vomit, they may have a sensitivity to light, or to sound, or to smell, and, all they want to do during a migraine headache is to shut the door and close the lights, pull the blankets over their head and try to sleep. Hibernation is one of the features of migraines that are not appropriately treated.

The last stage of migraine is called the postdrome and it is this vague sensation almost like a hangover where your body aches. You have a limited ability to think, to eat, to act normally, and you are still just not taken in total, the entire complex of migraine can last as short as four hours which is pretty long to as long three to four days.

So, it is an overwhelming sensation. If you suffer from migraines, you are not alone. Migraine affects about 11% of the country or more than 30 million peoples. If you think you are one of those migraine sufferers, you should call your doctor, and if necessary you refer to a neurologist or other headache specialist.