DEAR ASK THE DOCTOR: I seem to get lot of headaches very often and its making it really hard for me to get my homework done. My father thinks they are migraines. If so, what can i do to get rid of them?
DEAR CHANTEL: Migraines are a form of headaches that tend to present with throbbing pain on one side or both sides of your head. You may often be able to tell if one is coming. You might see flashing lights or things might seem blurry. You might even experience nausea or vomiting. Some people can also experience other neurological symptoms.
Migraines can happen every day, every week or just once every so often. Migraines can last anywhere from roughly 4-72 hours if not longer.
Migraines start when the blood vessels in your head shrink and swell. This is what contributes to the pain.
Migraines can be triggered by many things. These could be bright lights, loud noises, changes in the weather or tiredness. Sometimes certain food and drink can cause them or if you miss a meal. You may often be able to tell if one is coming. You might see flashing lights or things might seem blurry. You may find you don’t like bright lights. You might even feel sick. Some people can also feel a bit restless or upset.
If you suffer from migraines you really need to see your family doctor. They can verify if your headaches are migraines or another type of headache.
You may be advised medication on an "as needed" basis to treat migraines or you may be advised daily medications to prevent migraines. In severe cases, Botox therapy is advised as treatment.
Regardless of therapy, when you have a migraine it really helps to lie down. It’s best to do this in a quiet, dark room. Try to sleep or rest if you can.
I hope this helps!