Migraine headaches when in full manifestation can bring with them sever and debilitating symptoms and pain. A migraine is often thought as nothing more than just a passing severe headache when in fact a migraine attack is considered by medical professionals to be a neurological condition. The reason that a migraine is more complicated than just a passing headache has to do with the way the migraine develops in the brain. A migraine develops as the blood vessels in the brain expand, the expanding blood vessels creates painful sensations like throbbing / pounding in the head.
Throbbing / pounding sensations are indeed painful to endure, but the pain of a migraine does not stop there. As the migraine develops and the blood vessels expand a harmful chemical is released into the brain to create further discomfort for the migraine victim. Migraines inflict more than twenty million people causing the family unit to suffer a loss of financial income, productivity as well as valuable time together as a result of the painful migraine symptoms that hinders one’s ability to maintain composure when being inflicted with a migraine headache.
Symptoms of a migraine headache can vary from moderate to intense and can affect people differently, however, listed below are the more common symptoms associated with and described by migraine headache sufferers.
- An intense throbbing, pounding feeling typically located on one side of the forehead
- Pain can also generate in the back of the head
- Pain can formulate right above one eye
- The pain is often described as unilateral meaning the pain is typically felt or experienced on one side of the head.
- Reports have shown that about one third of most migraine headaches are described as being felt on both sides of the head also referred to as bilateral.
- The pain felt from the migraine on one side of the head can alternate to the other side of the head during the next migraine attack. If you frequent migraine attacks on the same side of the head please speak with your doctor immediately this could imply something more serious is occurring.
- Coldness in the hands and feet
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Migraine treatment is the only source by which migraine relief can be found. The following is a list of possible migraine treatment options that one can consider and discuss with his or her medical professional
- Prescription Medications
- Massage Therapy
- Herbal Supplements