Have i Got a Migraine?






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What is a Migraine?

Migraine is one of the most common health disorders affecting the body’s nervous system and lots of research is being done into what exactly causes them. Despite what people might say, it is much more than just a headache!

In fact, migraine can affect the whole body and can result in many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all. Only those who suffer from migraine will understand how challenging, painful and disruptive it can be. Symptoms are different for everyone and many younger children experience ‘abdominal migraines’ with no headache at all.

Symptoms may include:

Headaches                                                       Pins and needles
Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain Tingling or numbness in limbs
Visual changes (blind spots, zig zags,
flashing lights, etc)
Difficulty concentrating, slurring or speech problems
Feeling sensitive to light, sound or smells Dizziness/vertigo

Migraine Triggers

Triggers are things which may make you more likely to have an attack. For more information on triggers click here.

Stages of a Migraine Attack

There are 5 main stages of a migraine attack, to find what these are click here.

Facts & Stats

* A migraine attack can last from 4 to 72 hours

* Migraine affects around 18% of 13–14 year olds

* After the age of 12, girls are more likely to be affected than boys
* Did you know migraine affects 1 in 7 people in the UK and it is one of the top 20 disabling lifetime conditions


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