Sunday, November 19, 2006

When is a Migraine not a Migraine

It is very common for patients to come into the clinic complaining of a "Migraine". People use the word Migraine to mean any form of headache.

Now, when Doctors use the word Migraine, we mean a specific form of headache. In fact, the word Migraine was derive from the Greek and it means "pain involving one side of the head.

When is a migraine a real Migraine?

These are some characteristics of a real Migraine headache:
  • One sided
  • Throbbing in nature
  • Usually very severe
  • Usually lasts several hours but can be up to several days
  • May be preceded by altered vision (Like flashes of light)
  • May be followed by nausea and vomiting
  • Tends to run in families
Few quick points on Migraine Headaches
  • They are sometimes triggered by certain foods, stress, weather changes etc
  • There are now very good (but expensive) drugs available which can stop the migraine quickly (You need a prescription)
  • When you are suffering an attack, shutting yourself in a dark room with soft music helps.

Now you know!!

For more information on Migraine click here


Anonymous said...

Hi Dr Tay, not sure if it's appropriate for me to just ask u this qns here. I'm a migraine sufferer and it has been 10 over years. I'm only 25 this year. I've been taking cafergot. Any side effects in taking this in the long run?

I'm also a believer and I'm praying for Healing :)

thanks. :)

God bless you and your family. Your food blog and clinic blog are informative! :)

Rgds, hm

Dr Leslie said...

The main thing is to make sure you get the diagnosis right and that it is really migraine. Have you seen a specialist and done any investigations?

Anonymous said...

Hi Dr Tay, Yeap was admitted to ttsh a&e few years back and they referred me to see a specialist at ttsh neuro dept. Had a few months of follow up and discharged me as migraine. I've been introduced to cafergot since then. But I'm not really comfortable in taking this med for long term. I try my best not to take it unless really necessary. But I've to work n if I have it during work, I will take the med. Migraine can be quite disruptive :(

Thanks for replying! :))