Monday, November 3, 2008
Migraines are recurrent headaches that can be disabling. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at migraines in today’s 60 Second Housecall.
Migraine headaches can cause very bad pain that can get in the way of your normal routine.
Migraine headaches seem to be related to changes in the amount of a chemical called serotonin you have in your body. When serotonin levels are high, your blood vessels shrink. When serotonin levels are low, your blood vessels swell. This swelling can cause pain and other problems.
Migraines aren’t the same for everyone. Some symptoms include:
• Throbbing or dull pain on one or both sides of your head
• Stomachache or vomiting
• Changes in how you see, such as blurry vision or blind spots
• Being bothered by light, noise or smells
• Feeling tired or confused
Migraines may last for only a few hours or up to three days. Try not to eat foods that seem to cause migraines for you and stay away from other things that seem to trigger headaches. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and try to relax.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.