Migraines are a type of headache that Dr. Thompson defines as a “recurrent syndrome of head pain with signs of neurological dysfunction.” While normal headaches cause pain and discomfort, migraines can cause severe and sometimes debilitating symptoms. While these symptoms may vary from person to person, the most common include extreme sensitivity to light and sound or even nausea and vomiting. Migraines are strenuous on the body and people can be tired for days after experiencing one.
When asked why some people get migraines and others don’t, Dr. Thompson responded by saying that there can be a genetic factor involved. “If there is a family history of migraines, a person is certainly more likely to experience them,” he explained. In addition to genetic predisposition, migraine triggers can include:
- Emotional or physical stress
- Strong smells
- Loud sounds
- Changes in barometric pressure
- Alcohol consumption
If these changes are not enough to manage a patient’s migraines, medication is the next step. Both preventative and pain-relieving options are available. For those who suffer from migraines, the team at GBMC will work with each patient to determine the best individual treatment plan.
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