Understanding migraines

A migraine is characterized by headaches that can be very intense and last from four hours to several days. Headaches are often accompanied by nausea, dizziness, visual disturbances and hypersensitivity to noise or light. During a migraine your head throbs, and you may feel sick to your stomach and throw up. Some people are so sensitive to light and sound during a migraine that they have to turn out all the lights and lie down in a darkened room until their headache goes away.

I once had to be driven back home from work because my migraine got so bad I became blind.

In cases of a chronic migraine, seizures take place more than 15 days a month. That’s definitely my case. I have miracles pills that help a lot, but I still have to take them regularly. If it wasn’t for them, I would be able to function.

Migraines affect about 850 million people. This is one of the most incapacitating conditions in the world.

Sleep apnea (which I also have) also causes migraines. The most obvious connection between sleep apnea and migraines is related to stress. This is very obvious for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea since they wake up numerous times each night. Insomnia leads to irritability and ultimately stress, which is the most common migraine trigger.

Between 50% and 70% of people with fibromyalgia get headaches, according to The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association.


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