June is National Migraine Awareness Month and health experts say many people may be suffering from these debilitating conditions and may not even know they have them.
NewsChannel 4 takes a look at what a migraine is and how you know if you have one. They are often mistaken for serious headaches, but migraines are much more than that.
Accompanied with nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light, a migraine can cause a person to be bed-ridden until the pain subsides.
Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called auras, before the pain begins. Migraines more often occur in women than men.
And although they don’t usually start until the pre-teens, they can happen at any age and doctors believe some migraines are genetic. If your mother suffered from severe migraines, there's a good chance you may suffer, especially if you're a women.
A migraine is caused by abnormal brain activity, which can be triggered by a number of factors. What those factors are can be difficult to pinpoint and they vary in each patient.
Stress, odors, caffeine, perfumes, bright lights, smoking and alcohol seems to be major migraine triggers. Even certain foods such as chocolate and additives like MSG can bring on a migraine.
Like fingerprints, each migraine is different and therefore needs to be treated differently. Although, there are medications that can help, it's a good idea to see a doctor or a neurologist to discuss your options on how best to deal with migraine pain.