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About Migraine

Migraine and nausea

Migraine is more than just a headache. It is an unpredictable neurological condition with symptoms that can be debilitating.

Migraine is characterized by its recurrent attacks, lasting between four and 72 hours, of moderate to severe headache pain that can be throbbing or pulsing and often strike one side of the head. These headaches may be accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound as well as nausea and vomiting.

Women are three times more likely to have them than men. In fact, migraine most often begins affecting sufferers around puberty and most affects those aged between 35 and 45 years. While most migraineurs experience migraine attacks only once or twice a month, over four million people in the U.S. live with chronic migraine, suffering at least 15 migraine days per month.

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Migraine Fast Facts

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Common Triggers

In the world of migraine, everyone’s different. What triggers migraine for one person won’t necessarily trigger it for the next. That’s why it’s important to keep track of your triggers so you can learn the best ways to avoid them and better anticipate when a migraine may hit. Some of the most common triggers include:

Stress triggering migraines

Stress

Consider relaxation and breathing excercises to reduce stress.

Fatigue migraine trigger

Fatigue

Aim for 7-8 hours of
sleep every night.

Hormonal changes in women triggering migraines

Hormonal changes (in women)

For women with migraines, an estimated 60% of migraines are menstrual-related.

Strong smells triggering migraines

Strong smells

Create a migraine diary to track the smells that trigger your migraine so you can learn to avoid them.

Alcohol migraine trigger

Food or alcohol

Red wine, chocolate and aged cheeses are known food triggers.

Common migraine triggers
Eating habits triggering migraines

Fasting

Don't skip meals. Eat at approximately the same time each day. Meals should be balanced with an adequate amount of protein to help slow down absorption of carbohydrates and help keep blood sugar levels even.

Bright lights triggering migraines

Bright lights or glares

Consider wearing a hat and sunglasses when going outdoors.

Weather change migraine trigger

Weather changes

Changes in barometric pressure and humidity are two environmental triggers.

Loud noise triggering migraines

Loud noises

Loud and abrupt noises have been known to trigger migraine in some people.

Sleep disturbance triggering migraines

Sleep disturbances

Make a sleep routine - go to bed and wake up at consistent times every day.

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It's Not All in Your Head

Migraine experiences may differ from person to person, but a majority of people tend to experience nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light/sound along with their headache. Make your doctor aware of these and any other components of your migraine. Keeping track of your experiences can help you and your doctor find a treatment option.

In a national survey (American Migraine Study II), people with migraine reported the following symptoms:

Migraine symptoms include throbbing pain and sensitivity to lightMigraine symptoms include sensitivity to sound and nausea
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Lifestyle Tips from Migraine Expert Susan Hutchinson, M.D.

There are many ways you can help manage migraine. Here are several options you may want to incorporate along with your prescription medication(s) as part of your overall migraine management plan.

Migraine diet
You and Your Diet

Never skip meals and try to eat at approximately the same times every day. Focus on making your meals as balanced as possible—incorporating plenty of protein at each meal to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates.

Migraine and exercise
The Importance of Exercise

Regular exercise should be part of everyone’s lifestyle, but especially female migraine sufferers. Exercise has been found to decrease the frequency of migraine in clinical studies, along with reducing stress and helping with sleep.

Migraine and sleep
Proper Sleep Habits

Try to go to bed and wake up at consistent times each morning and night to get 7-8 hours of sleep, even on the weekends. Maintaining a regular sleep pattern can help reduce the frequency of your migraines.

Susan Hutchinson, MD, serves as a paid consultant for Teva Pharmaceuticals.
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More To Migraine is designed to raise awareness about migraine, and how it's more than just a headache, to help migraineurs talk with their healthcare providers about their individual migraine experience.

Migraine is a challenging, complex and debilitating condition, and Teva Pharmaceuticals is committed to supporting people living with migraine through resources like More To Migraine.

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