Understanding migraines

Kids get migraines, too

"It feels like my heart is pounding in my head"

"It is like being inside a big brass drum"

"I want to go into a dark room and lie down"

(Helping kids with migraines)

A migraine headache can force otherwise active people to look for a quiet place to lie down for four to seventy-two hours. 

The vitamin cure for migraines
Steve Hickey.
Laguna Beach, Calif. : Basic Health Publications, c2010.
Most people's diets are woefully inadequate for providing proper nutrition. Even good diets fail to deliver sufficient levels of nutrients. Research proves the immense value of vitamins for maintaining health and fighting disease. The Vitamin Cure book series, written by authors who are recognized experts in their field, offers authoritative, up-to-date, and practical information on taking vitamins for specific health problems.
The migraine brain : your breakthrough guide to fewer headaches, better health
Carolyn Bernstein and Elaine McArdle.
New York : Free Press, 2008.
The everything health guide to migraines : professional advice to help ease the pain and find the solution that's right for you
Paula Ford-Martin ; technical review by Daniel Lachance.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media , 2008.
If you are one of the 28 million Americans suffering from migraines, you know how hard it is to find relief. The Everything Health Guide to Migraines is your perfect resource for information about symptoms, coping methods, and both medicinal and natural treatment options for your migraines. This handbook provides clear, concise information to help you understand the problem and find a solution.
Overcoming headaches and migraines
Lisa Morrone.
Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, c2008.
Why won't my head stop hurting? -- The headache that is a real pain in the neck -- Brain pain -- Emotional headaches.
Trigger point therapy for headaches & migraines : your self-treatment workbook for pain relief
Valerie DeLaune.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2008.
"I have such a bad headache!" For many of us, this is an oft repeated cry of anguish. Statistics about headaches and migraines are downright astonishing: One in six people have frequent headaches, and, of those, one in ten suffers from migraines. You are not alone. Headaches and migraines result in more than 10 million doctor visits each year. If you struggle frequently with headache pain, this book offers a welcome solution. Trigger point therapy is an effective self-care approach you can use to get relief from headache pain.

About one in four households in the U.S. are affected by migraines.  Eighteen percent of women, six percent of men, and four percent of children have migraines. All races of people are affected. 

The cost to the United States society is in excess of $13 billion per year in lost work. As many as 64 million days of lost productivity occur a year.

Emotions, especially chronic stress and anxiety, are powerful triggers of headaches. Caffeine and some foods and drinks also trigger migraines. Each can cause shoulders to tighten, the stomach to hurt, and estrogen to soar. All may contribute to the frequency of these painful headaches.

Migraine symptoms include light-headedness, throbbing pain on one side of the head. Frequent migraine sufferers also have nausea, dizziness, and hypersensitivity to light, sound, and smells.

Many famous people, including Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, and basketball sports figure Kareem Abdul-Jabbar found ways to cope with migraines yet lead active, productive lives.

Migraine headaches are becoming easier to identify, prevent, and treat.  Medicines called triptans are having excellent results with migraine sufferers. 

Migraines are only one type of headache.  A family doctor can help to decide which type is being experienced and recommend treatments. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff