Managing Life with Migraines

Migraine or Headache?

Headaches, one of the most common nervous-system disorders, range from uncomfortable annoyances to debilitating. Because of their dubious symptoms, headache disorders are under-reported and under-treated. Four types of headache disorders are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO): migraines, tension headaches, medication-overuse headaches, and cluster-headaches. Migraines are the most severe of these disorders and are ranked the sixth most disabling illness in the world. The disorder can greatly affect your daily life. So how do you know you are not just experiencing a headache? Migraines are accompanied by severe symptoms such as blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, and numbness to the appendages. Of those who suffer from migraines, about 25 per cent experience an effect called an aura, a visual disturbance that lasts for less than an hour.

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