According to the National Headache Foundation in Chicago, “Roughly 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, with women impacted almost three times more often than men.” Headaches are a severe type of headache that occurs frequently-usually at least two times a month-and can last from four to 72 hours. Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines, but there are some things you can do to relieve the symptoms and help prevent them starting.
Not sure if you get headaches? The most frequent symptoms of this type of headache is a throbbing sensation on one side of the head, sensitivity to bright light and loud sounds, blurry vision, and nausea. According to the Society for Women’s Health Research, “Women who are afflicted with migraines often find that the severe headaches have a pattern of recurrence just before or shortly after the start of menstruation.” This influx of headaches is due to the hormonal changes taking place in a woman’s body.
Researchers have discovered that there are certain “triggers” that may prompt headaches to begin. These triggers will vary for everybody, but some of the most frequent ones include ““stress, weather changes, low blood sugar, dehydration, bright lights and loud noises, hormonal changes, . . . caffeine, and alcohol.” Sometimes, however, avoiding these things may not be enough. You can speak with your doctor to see if prescription medicines may be right for you.