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Headache Migraine

Pain around forehead

Mild, dull pressure

Incidental, non-recurring

Typically short-lived

Not usually accompanied by other symptoms

Treatable with medicine, rest, and water

Headaches can be a SYMPTOM of illness

Pain on sides of head

Intense pulsing or throbbing

Can last for DAYS

Nausea and dizziness

Flashing lights and blind spots

Commonly recurring

Migraines ARE the illness

Migraine Triggers

Smell

Chocolate Alcohol Noise
Weather Light Lack of Sleep Pollution
Stress Skipped Meals Caffeine  
 

How do I know what type of
headache do I have?

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What can I do to ease my migraines?

  • If you have chronic migraines, see a doctor. They may be able to help you obtain medication and provide additional guidance.
  • Get plenty of sleep and maintain a sleep schedule.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat throughout the day. Skipping meals may lead to migraines.
  • Avoid heavy scents and perfumes.
  • Wear sunglasses when outside to avoid bright light.
  • Avoid fluorescent lights if possible and create ambient lighting instead.
  • Track your migraines and write down what may have triggered it. You may come to find that there are certain foods, vitamins, or supplements that cause your migraines.

 

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