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Is Your Migraine the Sign of a Greater Underlying Problem?

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, July 29, 2014

MigraineAll of us our plagued with the occasional headache, but when one suffers from frequent and intense pain it is time to see a doctor. Migraine headaches are often characterized by a throbbing or pounding feeling which usually only affect one side of the head. These headaches are often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. The average migraine lasts about four hours, however some can last for days on end.

Migraines are most common among people between the ages of 25 to 55, but they can affect children and teenagers. Migraine sufferers are three times more likely to be women than men, with one in every five women and one in sixteen men having reported experiencing a migraine.

Consulting a physician in Mexico, if you are either a resident or just visiting, can help you understand what triggers migraine headaches and can help rule out infections, aneurysms, and brain tumors. There are many migraine variants which can be categorized as follows:

  1. The Common Migraine
  2.  The Classic Migraine
  3. The Menstrual Migraine
  4. The Abdominal Migraine
  5. The Retinal Migraine
  6. The Familial Hemiplegic Migraine
  7. Basilar Artery Migraine
  8. Ophthalmoplegic Migraine
  9. Status Migrainosis
  10. Transformed or Chronic Migraine

The Common Migraine is also called a migraine without aura and is the most prevalent type of migraine. Like the name suggests auras are not a symptom associated with the common migraine, however among the most frequent symptoms are mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, and mental fuzziness. The Classic Migraine affects one-fifth of migraine sufferers and is preceeded by auras which can be flashing lights, zig-zag lines, or blind spots. Auras can also include feelings of numbness or tingling, smelling a strange odor, ringing in the ears, experience an odd taste in the mouth, or difficulty speaking. Menstrual Migraines are related to the fluctuating level of estrogen that occur during a women’s monthly cycle. Approximately 65 percent of women sufferers report a correlation between their migraines and menstruation. The remaining subtypes of migraines are better off thoroughly explained by a physician.

The availability of medical care is often a deciding factor for those who wish to permanently reside in Mexico or even just visit. This is particularly the case for those who suffer a recurring ailment, like migraines. Don’t let this stop you, physicians in Mexico are more than qualified to help you, but keep in mind that a recurring migraine might be a symptom of something else. Consult a specialist, it might change your life.

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