Migraine headache

What is Migraine headache?

Migraine is a chronic neurological disease characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms. The word derives from the Greek ἡμικρανία (hemikrania), "pain on one side of the head", from ἡμι- (hemi-), "half", and κρανίον (kranion), "skull".

Typically the headache affects one half of the head, is pulsating in nature, and lasts from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Occasionally an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.

Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors. Changing hormone levels may also play a role, as migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty, but about two to three times more women than men. The primary theory is related to increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem.

Initial recommended management is with simple analgesics such as ibuprofen and paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen) for the headache, an antiemetic for the nausea, and the avoidance of triggers. Specific agents such as triptans or ergotamines may be used by those for whom simple analgesics are not effective. Globally, approximately 15% of the population is affected by migraines at some point in life.

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I'm navong a ct scan on my brain today i'm wondering if the contrast thatb they are suong will cauxe me to have memory loss and that i had parents...

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A contrast CT scan will not cause any significant damage to you. Please inform the CT scan technician that your parents...

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my 24 yr old son has migraine headaches then vomits then feels better after talking sumatriptan inj then later gets chills and sweats like crazy we...

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consult a neurulogist as well as psychiatrist.

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i am 26 years.. male. today i go for medical check up in my company hospital.. and found my heart beat is 86 per minuts and my BP is 130/100... is...

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