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A migraine is a severe headache causing pain in the front or side of the head.

In the UK, migraines affect about 15% of the population and the headaches are three times more common among women than men. Migraines usually first start in young adulthood but it is possible for the headaches to start later in life.

There are several different types of migraine but the most common are migraines with aura and those without aura. Aura is the term used to describe warning signs that occur just before the migraine starts such as visual problems (e.g. flashing lights) or stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Less commonly, a migraine without a headache occurs where only aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but no headache actually develops.

Severe migraines can be disabling and very distressing with sufferers needing to stay in bed for days at a time and therefore sometimes having to be absent at school or work.

It’s not fully understood what causes migraines, but common triggers of the condition include stress, disrupted sleep pattern and tiredness, poor posture, certain foods or drink such as chocolate, cheese, and caffeine, loud noises, bright or flickering light, and dehydration.
Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

Painkillers taken by pregnant mothers unlikely to cause asthma in the child

Painkillers taken by pregnant mothers unlikely to cause asthma in the child

Taking painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for asthma risk in children, study shows

Taking painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for asthma risk in children, study shows

Good dietary practices in early adulthood can help preserve brain health in midlife

Good dietary practices in early adulthood can help preserve brain health in midlife

Sleep apnea may be related to higher accumulation of Alzheimer's biomarker in the brain

Sleep apnea may be related to higher accumulation of Alzheimer's biomarker in the brain

Researchers use optogenetic tool to control, visualize receptor signals in neural cells

Researchers use optogenetic tool to control, visualize receptor signals in neural cells

Study finds underutilization of aspirin to prevent colorectal cancer in high risk patients

Study finds underutilization of aspirin to prevent colorectal cancer in high risk patients

Onset of migraine with aura before age of 50 not linked to risk of ischemic stroke

Onset of migraine with aura before age of 50 not linked to risk of ischemic stroke

Research reveals risk for developing more than one mental health disorder

Research reveals risk for developing more than one mental health disorder

Study explains why some drugs work well in ameliorating side effects of chemotherapy

Study explains why some drugs work well in ameliorating side effects of chemotherapy

MUSC researchers uncover a new cause for laryngeal symptoms

MUSC researchers uncover a new cause for laryngeal symptoms

Study finds risk factors linked to REM sleep behavior disorder

Study finds risk factors linked to REM sleep behavior disorder

Study shows alcoholic beverages can trigger migraines

Study shows alcoholic beverages can trigger migraines

UI study leads to better understanding of signaling capacity between neurons

UI study leads to better understanding of signaling capacity between neurons

Russian scientists create hardware-information system for brain disorders treatment

Russian scientists create hardware-information system for brain disorders treatment

Potential treatment for rare polio-like illness shows no signal of efficacy

Potential treatment for rare polio-like illness shows no signal of efficacy

UTHealth's Valentin Dragoi wins $1.6 million NIH award to unlock mysteries of the brain

UTHealth's Valentin Dragoi wins $1.6 million NIH award to unlock mysteries of the brain

NHS comes up with a list of 20 most painful conditions

NHS comes up with a list of 20 most painful conditions

Stroke 'mimics' and 'chameleons' can complicate accurate diagnoses

Stroke 'mimics' and 'chameleons' can complicate accurate diagnoses

Novartis: Lancet publishes pioneering study of Aimovig’s efficacy in episodic migraine patients

Novartis: Lancet publishes pioneering study of Aimovig’s efficacy in episodic migraine patients