What is a Migraine?
Migraines are very common. They are more common in women and about 10% have them. Fortunately severe and frequent migraines are less common, but it is still the one of the most common medical conditions in people under 50 in the world.
Sufferers of migraines are well accustomed to the effect that they have. For non-sufferers, it may be difficult to comprehend some of the more debilitating effects that a migraine can bring.
- emotional stress, anxiety, shock, or depression
- physical stress such as missing meals or dehydration
- tiredness, poor sleep, or tension in the neck and shoulders
- dietary habits such as low blood sugar, being dehydrated, or irregular eating habits
- food triggers such as consuming dairy, alcohol, caffeine, or cured meats.
Blue Banana is working in collaboration with the London Migraine Clinic to assist in furthering the research in this area.
A migraine will feel different to each individual but it will usually begin as a pounding intense headache that feels like it is pulsing on the forehead, sides of the head, or around the eyes. The pain will become more intense and can be coupled with other symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea, or vomiting. For some people, the pain felt during a migraine will be on a specific side of the head.
Migraines are usually much more debilitating than headaches and cannot always be controlled using pain medication. Additional symptoms that are usually associated with migraines but not with headaches are sensitivity to moving and light, nausea, vomiting. For some people, the pain is not only in the head but can also track down through the neck and shoulders. The main difference is the level of pain which most describe as intense and throbbing during a migraine.