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Migraine Headache

About This Condition

Migraines are very painful headaches that usually begin on only one side of the head and may become worse with exposure to light.

Symptoms

Migraines are commonly preceded by warning symptoms (prodrome), that may include depression, irritability, restlessness, loss of appetite, and a characteristic “aura”—usually a visual disturbance such as flashing lights or a localized area of blindness that follows the appearance of brilliantly colored shimmering lights. Migraines may also involve nausea, vomiting, and changes in vision.

Other Therapies

Treatment might also include avoidance of certain triggers, such as alcohol and specific foods. Some individuals might benefit from the correction of vision, while others might benefit from biofeedback.

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