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Myths And Realities - Migraine

Myths And Realities - Migraine

There are so many misconceptions and confusions prevailing in the common population on migraine, which makes it harder for people to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here are some myths and facts about migraines, for better understanding:

1.Myth: Migraine is just a bad headache.

Fact: Headache can be a symptom of migraine. But, migraine pain is the opposite of headache. Migraine is generally accompanied by recurrent headaches, that can be severely painful, and may or may not be associated with symptoms like nausea, visual disturbances, depression, and sleeplessness.

2.Myth: The cause of migraine is known.

Fact: Unfortunately no! There are lots of studies and theories put forward, but so far no definitive biological cause has been identified.

3.Myth: Migraine headache is a woman's disease and hence it occurs in more women than men.

Fact: Although the ratio is at 3:1, men also get migraines. Most women may get migraine headaches and a fair share of men also suffer from them, but there is no evidence of gender link.

4.Myth: Migraine is all in your head and is caused by psychological factors like stress and depression.

Fact: Recent breakthroughs show that the migraine is a complicated neurological disorder and may be caused due to hormonal changes but not a psychological one. Migraine pain is as real as the pain of angina or a broken leg. People predisposed to migraine have issues with food, environment, and other factors that can trigger their headaches.

5.Myth: Migraine is completely curable.

Fact: Sadly, there is no complete cure for migraine. Migraines can be managed and symptoms can be treated. You can eventually reduce the risk of migraine triggers through food and lifestyle changes.

6.Myth: A doctor can usually tell if headache pain is a migraine or not.

Fact: Not all the time. The wide array of symptoms that often accompany a migraine headache can make it difficult to diagnose, especially if the patient is not open with their doctor about all their symptoms.

For all those who suffer from migraines, keep a diary that has the tendency to trigger your migraine symptoms like headache, nausea etc. Consult a physician or neurologist to distinguish it from a headache!

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