22 Things About Migraines You May Not Know
Migraine is a neurological disease thought to be caused by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain.
Migraines aren’t exactly headaches. Migraines can occur with no headache at all and are then described as “silent” or “acephalgic.”
The aura phase of a migraine attack is experienced by only 25 to 30 percent of migraineurs.
An olfactory hallucination, smelling an odor that isn’t actually present, can occur during the migraine aura.
An auditory hallucination, hearing sounds that aren't actually present, can occur during the migraine aura.
Migraines can occur at any age – from young children to senior citizens.
Studies have shown that 90 percent of what people think are sinus headaches are really migraines. A sinus headache is very rare without an infection.
Neurologists aren’t necessarily migraine specialists, and migraine specialists aren’t necessarily neurologists.
When women experience menopause naturally, one-third experience worse migraines. When women experience menopause following a hysterectomy, two-thirds experience worse migraines.
Taking migraine abortive medications, pain relievers, or alternating them more than two or three days a week can cause medication overuse headache.
Migraines don’t just happen; they have triggers. Trigger identification and management is an essential element of migraine management.
There are no medications on the market that were specifically developed for the prevention of migraines.
Migraine is the twelfth most disabling disorder in the United States.
According to a World Health Organization analysis, severe migraine attacks are as disabling as quadriplegia (paralysis of both arms and legs).
Suicide attempts are three times more likely among people who have migraine with aura than among people who do not have migraine.
More than 1,400 American women with migraine with aura die each year from cardiovascular diseases compared to women who do not have migraine.
Studies have shown that a history of mental and physical abuse can affect the frequency and severity of migraines
Migraine is not a new disease or diagnosis. Hippocrates described migraine around 400 BC.
Skulls dating from 7000-3000 BC have been discovered with holes from trepanation, an ancient migraine remedy of drilling holes in the skull.
Up to about the age of seven, the number of boys and girls who have migraines is about equal. After that, three times as many girls/women have migraines as boys/men.
If you're having your worst migraine ever or symptoms that are unusual for you or frightening, see a doctor as soon as possible. You need to be sure this IS a migraine and not something more serious, such as a stroke.
Until recently, it was thought that vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) always occurred during a migraine. Recently, researchers have observed some migraines with no vasodilation.