Everyone gets headaches. Headache can occur once in a while. Sometimes, it can happen almost every day. But a migraine is worse than a regular headache. The pain is throbbing. It is usually on one side of the head. The pain is disabling. Migraine attacks last from hours to days if untreated. It usually occurs one to four times a month.
A migraine attack varies from person to person. During a migraine, you may experience:
The narrowing of some blood vessels in the brain causes migraine. When blood vessels narrow, blood and oxygen level that flows into the brain decreases. At the same time other blood vessels expand and become inflamed causing a throbbing pain.
A number of factors may trigger migraine attack, such as:
Doctors think that migraines are genetic. If a member of you family get migraines, chances are you’ll also get them. But no one is really sure why people get migraines.
Factors that make a person susceptible to migraines are:
Migraines begin just before the start of menstruation. Migraines often improve after menopause.
Migraines can start at any age.
Your chance of having a migraine is high if you have a family member with migraines too.
Women are more likely to have migraines than men.