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Find everything you need to know about migraine and migraine with aura, including causes, symptoms inclusing nausea and vomitting, diagnosis, and treatments including painkillers.
Symptoms of migraine
A migraine is usually an intense headache that occurs at the front or on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea or vomitting.
Causes of migraine
Migraines are thought to be caused by changes in the chemicals of the brain. In particular, levels of serotonin decrease during a migraine. Migraine triggers can include stress, tiredness, and certain foods.
Diagnosing migraine
There is no specific test to diagnose migraines. On your first visit, your GP may give you a physical examination and check your vision and co-ordination.
Treating migraine
There is currently no cure for migraines. Painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help ease symptoms. Triptan medicines and anti-sickness medicines can also help.
Complications of migraine
Migraines are associated with a small increased risk of ischaemic strokes. An ischaemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by a blood
Preventing migraine
Although there is no cure for migraine, it is possible to bring the condition under control using any of the following preventative measures as well as
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