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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.
Terror survivors have increased risk of frequent migraine, tension headaches

Terror survivors have increased risk of frequent migraine, tension headaches

UQ researchers create new and improved version of ‘love hormone’

UQ researchers create new and improved version of ‘love hormone’

Healthy diet may be linked to less disability, fewer symptoms for people with MS

Healthy diet may be linked to less disability, fewer symptoms for people with MS

New drugs Erenumab and Fremanezumab show promise for migraine

New drugs Erenumab and Fremanezumab show promise for migraine

New immunotherapy study shows positive results in chronic migraine sufferers

New immunotherapy study shows positive results in chronic migraine sufferers

Blood test could provide low-cost alternative to MRI for monitoring disease activity in MS

Blood test could provide low-cost alternative to MRI for monitoring disease activity in MS

Controlling organ functions with your cell phone may be possible in future

Controlling organ functions with your cell phone may be possible in future

Virtual reality training may be effective alternative to standard therapy after stroke

Virtual reality training may be effective alternative to standard therapy after stroke

Parkinson's disease will soon become looming pandemic, research reveals

Parkinson's disease will soon become looming pandemic, research reveals

Pro cyclist turns attention toward curing sepsis after career ended by devastating crash

Pro cyclist turns attention toward curing sepsis after career ended by devastating crash

Inflammation in mid-life may be linked to brain shrinkage decades later

Inflammation in mid-life may be linked to brain shrinkage decades later

Study findings may provide insight into excessive light sensitivity experienced by some people

Study findings may provide insight into excessive light sensitivity experienced by some people

Ketamine may hold promise as treatment for migraine headaches unresponsive to other therapies

Ketamine may hold promise as treatment for migraine headaches unresponsive to other therapies

Migraine attacks may actively protect and repair the brain from oxidative stress

Migraine attacks may actively protect and repair the brain from oxidative stress

Study: People with anxiety, depression experience more frequent migraines

Study: People with anxiety, depression experience more frequent migraines

Report: Global burden of neurological disorders in today’s world

Report: Global burden of neurological disorders in today’s world

Researchers find significant increase in risk factors among people with stroke

Researchers find significant increase in risk factors among people with stroke

Survey: Migraine affects work productivity, relationships, and employment of sufferers

Survey: Migraine affects work productivity, relationships, and employment of sufferers

Women with high blood pressure in their 40s may more likely develop dementia later

Women with high blood pressure in their 40s may more likely develop dementia later

Caffeine may not relieve movement symptoms for people with Parkinson's

Caffeine may not relieve movement symptoms for people with Parkinson's