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What is a Migraine?
There are several types of migraine, including:
- Migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs such as seeing flashing lights.
- Migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs.
- Headache-less migraine – also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced without headaches
During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room helps relieve the symptoms to some extent.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.
Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
- Starting their period
- Certain foods or drinks
There’s no cure for migraines, but a number of treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms.
- Painkillers – including over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Triptans – medications that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines
- Anti-emetics – medications often used to reduce nausea and vomiting
Although, simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be effective for migraine you should be careful not to take too many painkillers.
When should you see a GP?
You should call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone you’re with experiences:
- Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms and/or one side of the face
- Slurred or garbled speech
- A sudden agonising headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
- Headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and a rash
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