What Is a Migraine?

Migraine headaches are neither dangerous nor life-threatening. But they sure are a pain!

Migraine involves intense, throbbing pain that usually begins in the temple or one eye and may spread down to the neck or even one arm. Bright lights can make a migraine person’s eyes water helplessly and send darts of pain into their head; small noises become magnified, and ordinary noises may be almost unbearable. Often the headache is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. In rare case sufferers feel no pain but experience the loss of hearing in one ear.

About one in five migraine sufferers are warned by bizarre events called “auras”.  An aura may involve a perception of flashing lights or an experience of numbness travelling up and down the body. It may also cause temporary partial paralysis, blindness or an inability to speak.

20% of the population throughout the world – children as young at 9 and adults of all ages – suffers from them.