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Migraine Headaches, Vision Effects

Migraines and Vision Effects Overview

Migraine headache is one of the most common complaints in medicine today. Migraine headaches usually involve one side of the head. Various early symptoms may occur before a typical migraine episode. Other symptoms, together known as an aura, may also occur before a migraine headache, or they may begin when the headache starts.

Sex

In children younger than 10 years, boys appear to have migraines more often than girls. After puberty starts, migraine headaches are much more common in females.

In general, the rate of migraine occurrence in males drops to a low by age 28-29.

For females, the rate of migraine occurrence with aura peaks at age 12-13 years (3-4 years before that of migraine without aura).

Migraine occurrence among females increases sharply up to age 40 years and then declines gradually. The male peak rate is slightly less and decreases over a broader age range.

Age

The age when migraine headache with aura begins appears to peak at or before age 4-5 years, while the highest rate for migraine without aura occurs at age 10-11 years.

Data suggests that migraine is a chronic (long-term) condition, although long remissions (illness-free periods) are common.

The severity and frequency of attacks tend to lessen with age.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014
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