Monday, April 20, 2009

What are Migraines? What is Migraine Disease?

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If you're reading Somebody Heal Me you may already fully understand how a migraine attack and migraine disease are characterized. However, I know many people come upon my blog through Google searches or other paths who are looking for basic information or who are unsure if what they or (a loved one) are experiencing is migraine or something else.

According to the International Headache Society Classification (ICHD-II), these are the common features of a migraine:

  • A headache lasting 4-72 hours when left untreated or when unsuccessfully treated;
  • The headache causes moderate to severe pain;
  • The headache is one-sided;
  • Nausea or vomiting; and
  • Sensitivity to light or sound.

Learn much more about migraine and how it is different than a headache by reading this article:

Migraine 101: What is a Migraine?

I have collected a bunch of links to articles on other sites about essential migraine topics in the years I've been blogging. These are the articles I find myself returning to over and over again as references. They are all from trusted sites.

Essential Migraine Articles

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.