Migraine is a painful and severe health condition that is characterised by symptoms that can last from hours to days. Even if the main migraine symptom is an intense headache (usually more intense to one side of the head), migraine’s attacks can affect the whole-body interfering with your daily activities.
There is school of thought that migraine is the result of abnormal brain activity affecting nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. It is not known what causes this brain activity, although for many people there is a link to their genes
Some symptoms of migraine attacks can include:
Migraine attacks usually last for between four hours and three days. Some symptoms may start about 24 hours before you get head pain, and end about 24 hours after you stop having head pain. Most people don’t have any symptoms in between migraine attacks.
There is an international classification system for migraine which doctors use to diagnose and treat them.The most common types of migraine fall into two categories:
Migraine with Aura
Migraine without Aura