Headaches can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. One of the more common causes of headaches is migraine. Typically, one feels intense pain with nausea as well as sensitivity to light or noise. These headaches may have prodrome or aura prior to their onset. Patients may complain of visual disturbances, dizziness, numbness and even focal weakness. Triggers for migraines variable but may include stress, menstrual cycle, certain food, and smells. When symptoms are severe, most people will take an over the counter medication such as tyelenol or ibuprofen. These medications may or may not relieve the symptoms. The relief may only be short-lived as well. A preventive medication may be necessary if the headaches are frequent. Seeing a neurologist at this point makes a lot of sense. A thorough evaluation and appropriate medical and non-medical treatment can provide tremendous relief.
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