A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.
Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick, and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. Migraines usually begin in early adulthood.
There are several types of migraine, including:
- migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
- migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine happens without the specific warning signs
- migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally.
It's possible for years to pass between migraine attacks. You should also make an appointment to see a GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than 5 days a month), even if they can be controlled with medicines.
Causes of migraines
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they're thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.
During the consultation we can explore your migraines history and see if there are any identifiable triggers.
Acupuncture or herbal treatments can be used to then manage these and help control the volume or severity of migraines experienced.