Migraine Headache FAQs
What are migraine headaches?
Migraines are disabling headaches that most likely stem from problems with the nerves and blood vessels in the head. Migraine headaches typically last from 4-72 hours. They may occur as often as several times a week to only once a year. People who have migraines are called migraineurs.
Migraine headaches affect a signifigant percentage of the population. Three times as many women as men have migraines. Most of migraineurs have family members who have migraines. The following types of migraine headache have been identified:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2014
Edward Lubin, MD, PhD
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Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James H Halsey, MD
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