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Health and Wellness… Preventing migraine headaches

Ann CochranDallas County Public Health
Health and Wellness… Preventing migraine headaches

Perhaps you are fortunate enough to rarely suffer with a headache. There are others who not only have occasional headaches from lack of sleep, or a bad cold, but who experience migraines.

According to Mayo Clinic, a migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. Often this leads to nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days, and can be so severe that the pain is disabling.

Those who have had migraines get to know the warning signs, which can include an experience called aura. They may see flashes of light, have blind spots, or tingling on the face, arm or leg.

Prevention: Medications can help prevent some migraines and make them less painful. Healthy habits can also help reduce the frequency of migraines. Establish regular sleep hours, including time to wind down at the end of the day. Try to eat about the same time daily, and avoid foods that seem to trigger migraines. Exercise regularly and keep stress under control.

If you suspect you have migraines, talk to your primary doctor for help in reducing your symptoms.