Frequently Asked Questions on Migraine


What are migraine headaches?

The term Migraine is used for disabling headaches that mostly are caused due to problems with the nerves and blood vessels in the head. Migraine may last from 4-72 hours and can occur as often as several times a week to only once a year. People who have migraines are called migraineurs.

What are migraine triggers?

Migraine triggers are things thought to bring about migraine in people who are prone to this disease. Triggers vary with the person in question. Individual triggers may include:

  • Certain foods, including chocolate, cheese, nuts, alcohol, and MSG, triggers a headache in some people. (MSG is a food enhancer used in many foods including Chinese food.) Missing a meal oStress and tension also contribute to the risk. People often suffer from migraines during times of increased emotional or physical stress.
  • Birth control pills can be a trigger. Women may have migraines at the end of the pill cycle as the estrogen in the pill is stopped. This known as estrogen-withdrawal headache.
  • Smoking may cause migraines or interfere with their treatment. 
Can migraines be life threatening?

No, Migraines are seldom life threatening. Although they may be excuciating and may be harmful to a persons quality of life, may cause depression and anxiety disorders especially if the pain is uncontrollable with medicine and treatment.

Does the environment affect migraines?

Environmental conditions does not always affect people with migraines but weather conditions like Bright sunshine, hot, humid conditions, and drastic changes in barometric pressure may act as a migraine trigger in some cases.

Are OTC medications for migraine effective?

OTC medications can help relieve pain. But you must cosult your doctor before taking any type of OTC medications.

What are the alternative therapies that may be used to cure migraine?

Alternative therapies for migraines include aromatherapy or magnetic therapy. Aromatherapy oils like eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint etc. can help with migraines. Magnetic masks and head bands my also benefit people with migraines.