Migraine headaches are quite common. If fact, more than 3 million cases are reported each year in the United States. Migraines include a host of neurological symptoms. They tend to run in families and are often debilitating. Consequently, the symptoms often incapacitate sufferers, causing loss of work and time spent missing out on life.
For example, when I get a migraine I’m so out of it from the intense pain, nausea and blindness caused by the aura that literally all I can do is treat it and lie down until it subsides, which is usually hours later. And after that, I typically don’t feel like myself again until two or three days later. Can you relate?
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine headaches. It’s hard enough for adults who get migraines, but for children, it can be especially difficult and scary.
So what else do we know about these excruciating headaches? Specifically, there are several types of migraines.
7 Types Of Migraines
- migraine with aura
- migraine without headache (or typical aura without headache)
- chronic migraine
- migraine without aura
- hemiplegic migraine (a type of migraine with aura)
- migraine with brainstem aura (formerly basilar migraine)
- retinal migraine (also called ocular or ophthalmic migraine)
Next, there are many common migraine triggers.
- changes in sleep patterns, such as sleeping too much or too little
- stress and anxiety
- changes in caffeine consumption, such as drinking too much or too little
- teeth grinding
- changes in routines
- red wine
- changes in exercise routines, such as a lack of exercise or working out too intensely when you’re not used to it
- oral contraceptives
- artificial colors and flavorings in foods
- environmental changes such as weather, loud noises, strong smells, flickering lights
- computer screens
- additives in food, such as aspartame and nitrates found in processed meats
- dehydration from not drinking enough water
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Migraine Headaches In Children
Now that we know the different types of migraines as well as migraine triggers, let’s take a look at the SlideShare presentation below to learn more about migraine headaches in children.
In short, as you can see from the slide presentation above there are many special considerations concerning children and migraines. I hope this post helped you better understand the types, symptoms and triggers of migraine headaches.
For more information about migraines you may want to read:
- 10 Signs You’re Having A Migraine
- Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines
- 10 Effective Treatments For Migraines
Do you or your child get migraines? What treatments (natural or medical) help?
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