CAM for Migraine and Cluster Headaches (cont.)
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What are migraine headaches?
Migraine pain may be localized to one side of the head, behind the eye, the back of the neck, or about the face. The pain is associated with nausea and sometimes vomiting. Patients become sensitive to light (photophobia) and certain smells (osmophobia). Intermittent dizziness may occur. Some patients, called migraineurs, may develop an aura, that is, a feeling that comes on before the headaches begin. These auras may be associated with visual changes, such as spots, tunnel vision, or wavy lines. The headaches may last up to three days and may occur several times per week or as infrequently as once or twice a year. Women are more prone to migraines than men.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/15/2016
Robert A Hauser, MD
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