Migraine headaches are categorized as a primary headache disorder and can occur on a number of days per month, and often several times in a single day. The main symptoms are severely painful headaches (usually termed episodes), with throbbing in a particular area in the head. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting, and with adverse reactions to light. This can also occur in response to sounds and even odors. Migraines can last for many hours, and there are even reports of migraines that persist for days.
Migraine headaches are a widespread burden to health and your overall quality of life. The exact biochemical cause of migraine headaches is not completely understood. While most symptoms are related to simple migraine episodes, atypical symptoms may indicate a medical condition that should be addressed without delay.
Symptom tracking and biofeedback training may help to manage your migraine episodes. Some patients also respond well to other treatments such as nerve blocks. A discussion with one of our pain specialists may help you to arrive at the most effective treatment for your case of migraine headaches.