ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What is Causing my Migraines?

Updated on February 19, 2018

According to The Migraine Trust, around 1 in 7 people (14.7%) worldwide experience migraines on a regular basis. And 90% of the sufferers in question are unable to work or function normally whilst they are having a migraine.


A Migraine or a Headache

Tell someone with a migraine that they are just headaches and they will tell you where to go. A migraine is a very different beast when compared to a headache and although I don't suffer with them, my wife does and I certainly know I have headaches, she has migraines.


Headaches

A headache pain will be one that can normally be dealt with by taking over the counter medication and will normally subside after a couple of doses, although some headaches can last over a week. The pain can range from mild and unpleasant, all the way up to severe and debilitating. It can be in various different parts of your head or occasionally on one side, this is usually known as a cluster headache.


If you suffer with more than three headaches a week, you should consult your doctor or optician, this is what I was advised the last time I had my eyes tested.

Migraine

A migraine is not as simple or as easy to deal with as a headache, because the symptoms do not end in the head. The symptoms of a migraine can include:


Nausea and vomiting

Extreme light sensitivity

Extreme sound sensitivity

Extreme smell sensitivity (to the point where a strong smell could cause vomiting, even if that person usually likes that smell)

Pain behind one eye or ear

Pain in the temples

Seeing flashing lights or spots

Temporary loss of vision

The sufferer may also experience a change in taste and smell, sometimes smelling things that nobody else can. They may also feel less alert and seem a bit tired, confused or irritated.


As I mentioned before, 90% of people who suffer with migraines are unable to function normally during one which means they may miss work or be unable to keep up with day to day tasks if they have them on a regular basis.


Migraine Treatments

This is something only a doctor can prescribe, but there are options available to anyone suffering with migraines. Your and your doctor should first try and establish what is causing your migraines before treating them.

They may prescribe you anti depressants, stress and anxiety are a huge cause of migraines and combating this should help to reduce or even eliminate them.

They may prescribe you blood pressure medication, high blood pressure and high cranial pressure can cause migraines and this can help reduce their frequency. These need to be taken everyday in order for them to be effective.


There is a group of medications used to treat migraines called Triptans, I am unsure of the others, but I know sumatriptan is a pill that you take when you feel a migraine coming on.


One pill can be used to combat a lot of different things so if they prescribe you something that seems a bit odd, don't be nervous and give it a try, it could be the pill that changes your life.


Causes of Migraines

These will be unique to each individual person, but there are certain things that are common triggers. These include:

  • Stress
  • Cheese
  • Hormonal changes
  • Food additives and E-numbers (particularly aspartame and MSG)
  • Lack of food
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol
  • Tannin
  • Physical Exertion
  • Medications (especially birth control)
  • Weather Changes
  • Caffeine
  • Too little Sleep
  • Too much sleep
  • Disturbed sleep


Speak to a Medical Professional

As you can see, there are so many things that can potentially cause migraines that you and your doctor should try to pinpoint what might be causing them.

Speaking to a doctor is something I would definitely recommend because it has helped my wife so much, the pills she takes have totally transformed her life.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)