Headache is one of the most common health-related conditions in Australia, with around 15% of us taking pain-relieving medication for a headache at any given time.
A migraine is a particular type of headache. It can be experienced from as little as once or twice a year, or as often as two or three times a week.
Three times as many women (15%) as men (5%) suffer from migraine, and scientists believe that hormones play a large role.
What is migraine pain like?
The pain is severe, throbbing and usually on one side of the head.
A migraine attack can last from four hours to three days. It’s associated with a spasm of the blood vessels leading to the brain.
Triggers for migraine
No one really knows what causes migraine, but it may be an inherited condition. Attacks can be triggered by a combination of factors, such as:
- Diet – cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits, alcohol (especially red wine)
- Sleep – too little or too much
- Menstrual cycle
- Physiochemical – excessive heat, light, noise or certain chemicals
- Emotional causes – stress, excitement or fatigue
- Relaxation (weekend migraines) – often triggered by a period of stress and overwork followed by relaxation.
Headache and Migraine Week, 6-13 September 2018
Headache Australia, a national charitable organisation, proudly runs Headache and Migraine Week. It aims to raise awareness for headaches and migraines which affect millions of Australians.
You can register to attend events, watch live streaming or recorded presentations during this special week.
If you suffer chronic headaches or migraine, you could even consider joining the National Headache Australia register to receive information about treatment options, research findings and so on.
Three facts about migraine
- Migraine is a type of headache and a recognised medical condition
- Young women are most at risk
- There is no cure for migraine, but the right treatment can reduce the number of attacks.
Get help for your headache or migraine
There are numerous treatment options to help with headache and migraine. So don’t delay – make a booking with your PVH Medical doctor in Pascoe Vale today and get the relief that you deserve!
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.