Factsheet: Migraines

Migraine headaches are a common disorder and are caused by excessive dilation of blood vessels in the head.


Who is most likely to suffer from migraines?

Although the cause of migraines varies, studies have shown that genes play a major role in their development.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Some migraines come on without warning, but many suffers having warnings symptoms before the onset of pain, such as blurring, bright spots, anxiety, fatigue, numbness or tingling on one side of the body. Pains can be described as throbbing, pounding or sharp pain.

What causes migraines?

Some causes of migraine headache include instability of blood vessels, clumping together of small blood cells called platelets, chronic stress and also inappropriate levels of serotonin.

How can migraines be treated?

Food intolerances, chemicals in foods, hormonal balance, low serotonin levels and general lifestyle all have a considerable affect on this condition.

Support Groups:

Migraine Action Association

MAGNUM: Migraine Awareness Group