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A migraine is an episodic neurological disease that causes severe headaches. Described by most people who experience migraines as having the worst headache of your life, it affects 17% of women and 6% of men.

Migraines are usually characterized by feeling throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of your head only, and experiencing a variety of other physical and neurological symptoms you wouldn’t expect from a regular headache.

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Eye pain, especially in bright light

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Intense pain that throbs or pulsates on one side of your head

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Sensitivity to light and sound (or any sensory stimuli)

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Nausea and vomiting

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Migraine aura that includes visual or physical disturbances like flashing lights that happen right before the head pain starts

Migraine medications our doctors prescribe include:

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Beta-blockers like metoprolol and propranolol

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Nausea medication

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Although a migraine may at first appear to simply be a bad headache, specific migraine symptoms are a good sign that you have a migraine instead. These symptoms include throbbing pain on only one side of your head, sound and light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting, and migraine aura that includes visual or physical disturbances like flashing lights that happen right before the head pain starts (migraines without aura are also possible).

Unfortunately, there are no known cures for migraines. However, there are preventive health care methods that can help you avoid migraine triggers. And if you do experience a migraine, pain-relieving medications prescribed by a licensed virtual care medical provider can help significantly reduce your discomfort.

Some common migraine meds that offer pain relief include OTC meds like acetaminophen and ibuprofen (if taken as soon as the migraine starts), amitriptyline, topiramate, and NSAIDs.

There are many different types of migraines. The three most common are:

Migraine without aura - This is the most often experienced migraine. It occurs without any specific warning signs associated with migraine auras.

Migraine with aura - This type of migraine is characterized by experiencing sensory and physical disturbances before or just as the migraine starts.

Chronic migraine - This type of migraine causes long-lasting periods of headaches that can happen consecutively for days at a time.

Although they may differ in symptoms and intensity, the types of medication used to treat migraines of different types remain the same. With CallonDoc, a doctor for migraines will help you determine the type you’re experiencing, taking both your medical history and family history of risk factors and diagnoses into consideration.

This will allow you to choose the best course of action to prevent migraines in the future and understand how to treat migraines when they do occur.

There are many things that can trigger a migraine. Learning to avoid or compensate for triggers beforehand can help you prevent a migraine from occurring.

Common triggers include dehydration, stress, hormonal changes in women, alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, changes in your sleeping patterns, weather changes, medication, and salty and processed foods.

A migraine may feel like an extremely bad headache, but it typically also comes with a range of additional symptoms that set it apart, including sound and light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting, and migraine aura.

Yes, doctors can help people with migraines diagnose headaches and treat acute attacks online. Although CallonDoc doctors cannot assist in urgent care that would otherwise need to be seen in an emergency room, we can help you access pain relief for your migraines and develop a long-term preventive care strategy to avoid them in the future.

Every person experiences migraines differently. As a result, there is no single medication proven to stop migraines quickly for everyone across the board. Instead, doctors work with their patients to determine what medicine or combination of medicine is most effective at relieving migraine pain the fastest.

Migraines can be considered a disability if they significantly impair a person's ability to perform daily activities or work, leading to substantial limitations in their quality of life. In such cases, individuals with chronic and disabling migraines may be eligible for disability accommodations and support.

Yes, there is a genetic component to migraines, and they often run in families. Having a family history of migraines can increase an individual's risk of experiencing migraines themselves, although genetics is just one of several factors that contribute to their development, including environmental and lifestyle factors.

Migraines themselves do not typically cause a fever. However, some individuals may experience a low-grade fever as part of their body's response to severe pain or other symptoms associated with a migraine attack, although this is not a common occurrence.

Yes, migraines can sometimes cause dizziness or a spinning sensation, known as vertigo, as one of their symptoms. This dizziness can be severe and contribute to the overall discomfort and disability associated with migraines.

Migraines can vary in duration, and some individuals may experience migraines that last for several days, known as a "migraine attack" or a "migraine episode." These prolonged migraines can be highly disabling and may require medical intervention for relief.

Yes, nausea is a common symptom associated with migraines. Many individuals with migraines experience nausea, and it can be severe enough to lead to vomiting in some cases.

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