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Migraine affects people form all walks of life, age, race and gender. Migraines are long term companions, affecting teenagers or young adults and staying with them for life. Migraines are severe headaches that interfere with your activities.

Migraine is differentiated from a headache in several ways. You experience migraine if you have pain only on one side of your head. You may get nausea and vomiting and you become hypersensitive to light and sound. Migraines may last for 3 days. Other accompanying symptoms are diarrhea, constipation, chills, hot flashes or cold hands and feet. The frequency of migraine attacks varies. Migraine is a hereditary illness.

The two main types of migraine are the classic and common migraine. The classic gives you warning signals like seeing flashing lights or bright spots, changes in smell and taste sensations, slurred speech, tingling on one side of the body and loss of concentration. Common migraines have no warning symptoms.

Doctors can't identify the cause of migraines but it is known that in some migraines, food is a common culprit. You need to identify which food triggers your migraine and avoid that food. Common food triggers are alcohol and foods that contain tyramines like aged cheeses and chocolates. Other foods are sour foods like vinegar, citrus fruits, sour cream and yogurt. Dried / smoked fish, dairy products, beans, nuts, onions, caffeineted drinks, and food additives may also trigger migraines.

For women sufferers, the culprit may be hormonal changes. Your doctor can help you track your hormonal cycles and prescribe medication or hormone replacement therapy to help.

Always check with your doctor if you suspect if you have migraines. A lot of other medical options are available now.

Emotional triggers of migraine are anxiety, frustration, stress and fatigue. Environmental triggers of migraine are flickering lights, strong lights, weather changes, loud noise, strong smells, heat and polluted air. Certain blood vessel dilating medications, high blood pressure drugs, diuretics and anti-asthma drugs also cause migraine.

You can cope with migraine by taking a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug ( NSAIDS ). Ask your pharmacist. If you have the luxury of taking a rest, lie down with a cool towel on your forehead. Sleep will also relieve the symptoms of migraine.

A natural remedy is to eat a chunk of ginger. It is a pain-stopper and soothes any inflammation causing areas too.

Lavender and peppermint oil are analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Choose 5 drops of either oil and mix (dilute) with about 5 ml of sesame or jojoba oil. Massage this into your temples and neck for relief. Essential oils cannot be applied directly as they are strong enough to burn your skin or cause heart palpitations.

Keep a diary to try identifying the factors that trigger your migraine. Maintain a healthy life style. Go for regular dental checks to eliminate the possibility of toothache problems causing your migraine. If you try hard enough to eliminate the factors causing migraine, eventually you'll succeed in leaving the migraine behind.