Body Tip The most effective way to treat migraines: Identify your triggers and avoid them. When migraines strike, take your meds ASAP.
Of the nearly 30 million Americans who experience migraines, three-quarters of them are women. Though characterized by intense pain, a migraine is more than a bad headache. Migraines are considered a nervous system disorder and, in addition to throbbing head pain, can include symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, light sensitivity, and other visual disturbances. Though the exact cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, a number of things can trigger them. Paying close attention to the events leading up to your migraines can help you identify your triggers so you avoid them the next time, if possible. Stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, weather patterns, bright lights, smells and even certain foods can set off a migraine. When you feel one coming on, take your medicine as soon as possible. It may also help to lie down in a dark, quiet room and drink plenty of fluids.