Migraines are severely disabling, with symptoms ranging from intense head pain to nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. If you suffer from migraines, it’s helpful to know some common warning signs, so you can prepare for or try to prevent one. Watch this video for signs that a migraine might be around the corner. If you have chronic migraines 15 or more days a month, your risk doubles again, says Dr. Some antidepressant drugs, notably amitriptyline, can actually treat migraines. Amitriptyline affects levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which raises the possibility that serotonin also plays a role in migraines. People with chronic migraines are even more likely to have an anxiety disorder than they are depression: Around half of people with migraines also have anxiety, according to the American Migraine Foundation.
Individuals who suffer from migraines with aura temporary visual or sensory disturbances before or during a migraine headache are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, according to research published online in the British Medical Journal. This is the first large population-based study showing a link between migraine and overall mortality as well as specific mortality. The findings support increasing evidence that migraine, particularly with aura, is associated with death from heart disease. The researchers stress, however, that the individual risk for a migraine sufferer remains low. The authors, led by Larus Gudmundsson from the University of Iceland, assessed the impact of mid-life migraine episodes in 18, men and women born between and who took part in the Reykjavik Study set up in by the Icelandic Heart Association to study heart disease in Iceland. In total the research team explored over , person-years of data with a follow-up of 26 years. The results concluded that men and women who suffered from migraine with aura were at an increased risk of dying from all causes, as well as heart disease and stroke, while those with migraine without aura were not at increased risk. Furthermore, the study says that women who experience migraine with aura are also at a higher risk of dying from causes other than cardiovascular disease or cancer. The researchers conclude that the individual risk faced by migraine sufferers is low, and efforts to reduce heart disease deaths should focus on conventional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol, regardless of migraine status.
Those of us who get migraine headaches know the unique suffering an attack can bring: excruciating pain, sometimes along with light and noise sensitivity, and even nausea or vomiting. And when well-meaning friends and loved ones offer support or advice, it’s often clear that they just don’t get it. And if you don’t get migraine attacks, chances are you know someone who does more than 10 percent of the U. And the funny thing is you hear the same things over and over,” says Dawn Buse, Ph. Almost everyone has had a headache.