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A migraine is a moderate to severe headache which is felt as an intense, throbbing pain on one side of the head. This is a common condition which affects as much as 1 in 5 people.
There are many symptoms linked to the types of migraines you may experience. Someone people can feel physically sick when having a migraine attack. It can also be cause by sensitivity to light and sound. Some can experience migraines several times a week and others may only have a migraine attack occasionally. Migraines can usually have a sudden onset without any specific warnings which is known as a migraine without aura. A migraine with aura is where you will have warning signs before it begins, such as seeing flashing lights. Many people find sleeping or laying down in a dark room often helps with migraine attacks.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they are thought to be caused by a temporary change in the chemicals, blood vessels and nerves in the brain. Sometimes stress and certain foods can cause a trigger. If you suspect a specific trigger causing your migraines, it is best to try and avoid these things and try to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle.
Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be effective in help relieving the pain. If you feel your migraines are more severe and lifestyle changes have not helped, we have other forms of medications available and have made these easily accessible for you to help manage the symptoms.