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Migraines are the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (that’s around 1 in 7 people).
Migraine Awareness Week (MAW) is an annual awareness campaign hosted by Migraine Trust. The aim of the campaign is to educate the public on the effects of migraines, and to reduce the stigma that surrounds the health condition.
Simply put, a migraine is a moderate or severe headache on one side of the head. A common health condition, migraine’s affect roughly one in every five women, and one in every fifteen men, usually becoming more prominent in early adulthood.
Types of migraines
Symptoms and stages
The most common symptoms of a migraine include throbbing headaches, sensitivity to light and noise, pain in the temples, nausea, vomiting and lethargy.
It can be difficult to predict when a migraine attack will occur. However, you can often track and distinguish a migraine through its defined stages.
These stages include:
Causes of migraines
There is no definitive cause for migraines however, it is understood that genetic and environmental factors appear to play a significant role in the development of migraines.
When studying the origins of migraines, recurring causes are known as ‘migraine triggers’. Some of the most common triggers include:
There is currently no known cure for treating migraines, but there are a number of treatments that are easily accessible:
Did you know?
How do I get involved?
If you feel as though you suffer from migraines frequently and need further assistance, please contact your GP. But if you have any concerns regarding your mental or physical wellbeing and want to speak to a wellbeing expert, call our helpline on 0844 892 2493
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