Headaches – most of us have had them now and then. Migraines – they’re a separate medical condition suffered by more than 37 million people, 13 percent of American adults. For 2 to 3 million migraine sufferers, the problem is chronic.
What’s the difference between a headache and a migraine?
Migraine sufferers commonly also have:
Migraines can run in a family or be caused by:
Headaches can be caused by a number of medical conditions. If you get headaches often, be aware of what triggers them and avoid those things. Triggers can be things like certain foods, smells or alcohol.
Also, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, limit stress and eat regular meals since a drop in blood sugar can cause headaches.
If you have concerns about headaches, see your health care professional.
Medications and other treatments can help people who suffer from headaches or migraines. Follow the directions for over-the-counter medications. Taking too many of some drugs can cause something we call medication overuse headache.
Learn more about different types of headaches and migraines, and what you can do about them in a special video report with Dr. Akram Dastagir, a neurologist at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Another medical treatment option is Craniosacral Therapy.