with migraines tend to have recurring attacks triggered by a number of
different factors, including stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, bright
or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep, and dietary substances.
Migraine attacks, in some women, may relate to changes in hormones and
hormonal levels during their menstrual cycle.
The number of people who suffer from migraine events is staggering. In the U.S. alone some 35 million individuals struggle to live a normal life in spite of their migraine attacks. Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the most disabling medical conditions. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, three times as many women as men are afflicted with migraine pain.
Migraines affect an estimated 10% of the worldwide population annually and cause significant loss of workdays and billions of dollars in productivity. It is well documented that migraine attacks cause significant disability and reduce one’s quality of life. Surviving these migraine attacks is just as challenging as debilitating chronic diseases. There have been major pharmacological advances for the treatment of migraine headaches, yet patients must still endure the horrible symptoms until the medications take effect. For many migraine sufferers medication is not the solution, unfortunately.
A migraine attack can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to several days and can be so severe that all a migraine patient can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down and sleep.
About three out of four people who have migraines are women. Women tend to report more painful and longer lasting migraines as well as more symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. All of these factors make it hard for a woman to fulfill her roles at work and at home when migraine strikes. It can be an exhausting vicious circle when trying to perform the daily responsibilities that are required of a homemaker and mother.
Migraines do tend to run in families. Migraine attacks can last between four and 72 hours and may include nausea and vomiting, as well as extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell. Tingling or numbness can also occur in the extremities or in the face.
Migraine is the most common form of disabling head pain that sends patients to see their doctors. Certain medications, which are very expensive, can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. If treatment has not worked for you in the past, you might consider seeking a viable surgical option to eliminate these migraine events from your life or at the very least diminish the frequency and intensity of the pain.