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What Women Should Know About Migraine: Yes, You Can Have Relief

Migraine affects approximately 24 million Americans. 75% of these sufferers are women, many of whom are not aware that there are several medications for their painful, disruptive, and sometimes debilitating headaches. Dr. Donnica Moore says there are now many ways to get relief; start with a visit to your physician.

What is Migraine?

Migraines affect approximately 24 million Americans, many of whom describe these headaches as "the worst pain of my life. . .except for childbirth". But migraines are more than severe headaches- it's a complex disorder that is often accompanied by many symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. For many, the worst symptom is the prolonged, throbbing, recurring pain. Migraines are thought to be caused by extreme constriction and then dilation of blood vessels in the head. Recent research suggests that migraines may result from altered levels of neurotransmitters (neurologically active chemicals) in the brain, particularly serotonin.

Overall, 18% (nearly one in five) women and 6% (nearly 1 in 20) men get migraines. The 30's and 40's are peak years, but even children as young as 2 have been known to experience migraine. They usually trail off after age 55.

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 Now, the good news is that there are several excellent medicines available--by prescription and over-the-counter--which are proven to work for many patients in both preventing and treating migraines. 

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