The exact cause of migraine headaches is not clearly understood, though experts believe they are due to a combination of the expansion of blood vessels and the release of certain chemicals, which causes inflammation and pain. What is migraine or headache by the way? Is there a difference? Migraine is considered a chronic neurovascular disorder accompanied with a series of headache and nausea or vomiting. Headaches are associated with Migraines being one of its symptoms, only with Migraines – the headaches are focused on a certain part of the skull most of the time unilateral, unlike other headaches which are from one point to another.
Normally migraines can last from 2 hours to 72 hours at a maximum; it can be moderate to severe and are pulsating in nature. You know it’s coming when you noticed auras in your vision which are transient, or you suddenly become too aware of the noise around you.
Various triggers are thought to bring about migraine in certain people. Different people may have different triggers such as food with too much MSG or starch. The key here is to avoid too much starchy foods. Some who skipped meals or have forgotten to eat on time experiences a headache which eventually turns to migraine. Avoiding too much stress and tension like cramming on work or tasks, and emotional problem that leads to sleepless nights will also prevent migraine from erupting. A person who suffers from migraines is advised to stop excessive smoking because it is also one cause. Most women who take birth control pills also complained of migraines or severe headaches. For this case you have to tell your ob-gynecologist to change your prescription.
Knowing what causes an occurrence of a migraine attack will prevent it from erupting. If those causes mentioned are not avoidable, you have to make sure there is an available medication in your pocket. Remember this can be very painful.