Migraines

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It is estimated that 16 to 17 percent of the worlds population gets a migraine headache sometime in their life that means more than a billion people at some point suffer from a migraine. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at migraine headaches in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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 arent 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, and

Dizziness

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, Im Dr. Edward Hill.