A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men and there is usually a tendency to start in early adulthood.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they are thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.

Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include starting their period, stress, tiredness and certain foods or drinks.

When I used to suffer from them my doctor told me to avoid cheese, chocolate and fizzy drinks. I avoided them for a while, however, I did not really notice a huge change.

There is no cure for migraines, but there are a number of treatments available to help reduce the symptoms.

These include:

  • Painkillers
  • Triptans – medications that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines
  • Anti-emetics – medications often used to reduce nausea and vomiting

During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room can also help.

When I suffered from them, I used to avoid talking and wandered around the house with my Mum’s dupatta around my head like a desi Rambo. But eventually they went away and to this day my heart bleeds for people who suffer from migraines.

 Today I was joined by Dr Anish Bahra who spoke about them in depth. She said that those who suffered from migraines MUST at all times keep their GP in the loop. Dr Bahra also spoke of the importance of a good diet. She said that it is a good idea to keep a food diary and jot down one’s meals as this could help the GP immensely when looking for trigger signs.

 As someone who used to suffer from migraines, I totally understand the frustration and annoyance of having them. They can literally cripple a person, however I can openly state that if you speak to your GP they can help you through medication and if it doesn’t work or gives you side effects then PLEASE tell them about it so you don’t have to suffer any more than you are already.