We all know how common this problem is. and with today's pressure-cooker world we live in, a lot of us are really suffering from some form of migraine. Getting to know some symptoms and common causes can help us prevent this problem.
Migraine is affecting around 28 million people in the U.S. It costs $13.0 billion a year in lost work hours and over $4.0 billion is spent a year on over-the-counter painkillers yet many are ineffective.
We can classify migraine into common and classic. The classic type has an "aura" or warning symptoms before the headache. The common type does not have this and typically consists of visual disturbance, such as seeing stars or blind spots in front of their eyes.
In 50% of cases, the cause is unknown, but likely related to genes, since 90% of those sufferers have also least one affected family member. In the other 50%, the triggers could be following:
Foods: chocolate, red wine, cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, fruits such as citrus, banana, avocado, nitrate- containing foods such as salami, cured meats, hot dogs, bacon, pickled foods
smoking or tobacco smoke
Sleep duration too long or too short
Estrogen levels: related to a fall or change in sex hormone levels associated with menstrual cycle or oral contraceptives
Others: flashing lights, exercise, anxiety, and travel, odors such as perfume, monosodium glutamate, loud noises, and caffeine
Taken from: Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin Newsletter