Despite being a common and highly debilitating condition, there are still so many misconceptions surrounding migraines. Some of these myths are harmless; others are potentially dangerous.
The first step to beating this type of head pain is to arm yourself with the correct information. Here are some of the common myths, debunked.
Myth #1: A migraine is just a bad headache.
Fact: A migraine is a genetic neurological disorder, with head pain being one of the symptoms. Attacks can actually occur with no headache. Other possible symptoms of a migraine include:
- Heightened sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Aura, or disturbances in vision such as bright, flashing or zigzagging lights
Myth #2: Only women can get migraines.
Fact: Both men and women of all ages have migraines. In the Philippines, the condition affect as many as 17.6 percent of men and 5.7 percent of women.
Myth #3: Migraines only last for one day.
Fact: Migraines usually last from 4 to 72 hours, but they can last longer—even for weeks. When an attack lasts longer than 72 hours, it’s called status migrainosus and you need to contact your doctor.
Myth #4: Only certain types of people have migraines.
In the past, there was a popular theory that people who get migraines are intelligent and highly achieving. These people were said to have a “migraine personality”. As more research showed that the condition is neurological and genetic, this theory was debunked.
Myth #5: You can’t do anything about migraines.
There is no cure for the condition at this time, but there are steps you can take to manage the pain. Work with a doctor who understands more about the condition, so you can work on identifying migraine triggers and an effective treatment plan.
Quick Tips for Overcoming Migraines
- Take a Power Nap. Lack of sleep and stress are one of many migraine triggers.
- Hydrate. A migraine can be a pain symptom that the body prompts when it does not get enough water.
- Carry an OTC Medication. When migraine hits you and slowing down is not an option, the best and quick action against migraine would be to pop up a painkiller.
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ASC Ref. Codes: U062P101817A, U177P082517A, U169P082517A, U168P082517A, U174P082517A
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.