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.