I have been getting migraines all my life, and i am only 17. It makes school and life difficult having one at least once or twice a week. All of my migraines occur around my eyes. I recently heard that if you have blue rings around your eye it shows bad blood flow that could be causing my migraines. Is there any truth in this statement? and if so how can i fix it cause my headaches have made getting good grades in high school difficult since i miss so many days and i can't afford to still be getting migraines in my future. Thanks, Shelley.
No, what you heard about rings around the eyes is total myth; no truth to it whatsoever.
Migraine is a neurological disease. Some people with the disease, get Migraines only occasionally, and don't need to do much about it. Others get frequent Migraines and need to be under a doctor's care and work with the doctor to manage the disease.
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