What is a migraine?

A migraine is an intense headache that lasts for hours or days, and it is usually accompanied by a pounding feeling, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The pounding often starts in a person’s forehead, side of the head, or around the eyes.

Most migraines start off less strong and gradually get worse, according to the AAFP. Common parts of a persons’ day, including motion, activity, bright lights, and noise, all can make a migraine hurt worse.

In addition to pounding pain, migraines can cause a variety of other issues, according to the AAFP, including:

  • Depressed feelings
  • Irritability
  • Muscle weakness on one side
  • Nausea
  • Prickly, burning sensation
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble communicating
  • Vision issues
  • Vomiting

Migraines are more common in women than in men. While some people get migraines only a couple of times a year, others suffer from these intense headaches daily, according to the AAFP.

For more information about migraines, talk with your doctor.

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