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  • Migraines

  • Migraine headache: A throbbing pain, of varying degrees, on one side of the head - lasting for a few hours or even days.

  • Migraine headache research has come a long way over the past several years, and there are various new treatment options for both preventative and acute treatments.

    One new development called single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) combats migraine pain using magnetic pulses to the back of the head.

    Read more on this experimental treatment in the BBC News.

    Migraine headaches occur for a variety of reasons and can include symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound and unusual visual disturbances called an aura - sometimes an early sign of a migraine.

    Causes

    While the cause of a migraine is unknown, it is thought that they can be triggered by external factors such as food, weather, stress and other influences. For people affected by this ailment, it is recommended that they try to identify the specific conditions which may contribute to the onset of their headache. By using a journal to record daily habits, patients can identify some possible causes and make lifestyle changes accordingly to help reduce their chances of experiencing future migraine headaches.

    Treatments

    While there is no cure for migraine headaches, there are over-the-counter and prescription medications available to help minimize symptoms. Coupled with healthy lifestyle changes, you may be able to reduce the discomfort and frequency of your headaches. Talk with your doctor to learn what type of medication is best for you.

    Learn more about headaches and migraines .

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