When people think about migraine, they think only of the pain of migraine. In reality, a migraine episode consists of far more.
Commonly, the first reaction is underestimate the dangers inherent in having migraine disorder. People think that is not necessary to see a doctor for a headache, even for a migraine.
Yes, sometimes a headache is just a headache ... but sometimes, a headache can indicate you have a serious condition that requires medical attention.
Migraine pain and symptoms can have a large spectrum and vary from person to person. Mostly are characterized by severe throbbing pain on one side of the head that can last up to 72 hours. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, arm or leg weakness and confusion. Genetics and environmental factors play a role in the cause of migraines.
According to the American Headache Society, you should contact your doctor if:
- You have more than two headaches every week.
- You need pain medication every day to control your headaches.
- You have a headache accompanied by a stiff neck or fever (these could indicate an infection or bleeding in your brain).
- Your speech is slurred, you're not balancing well, your arms or legs are weak or numb, or your limbs tingle (these could be signs of a stroke or TMJ disorder)
- You've had a head injury and you're sleepy or feel confused (this could indicate a subdural hematoma, which is bleeding between your brain and your skull).
- Your headache symptoms change.
Any of these could signify another medical problem or a change in your diagnosis. Your doctor can sort out what's going on and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment.
A simple headache can be a Migraine in progress, and a "simple" migraine could be something else. Don't let it grow. If you have any symptoms, go and visit your doctor, never is too late to take care of your health.
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