GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses migraines

GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses migraines

(WTVM) - Are you one of the nearly 30 million Americans who suffer from migraine pain and symptoms?

Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University explains what a migraine really is, and what causes it.

A migraine is a chronic headache that causes significant pain that can last from several hours to several days. A typical migraine lasts for 72 hours. Migraines appear periodically throughout a person's lifetime, and there is usually a trigger that causes the migraine.

People who suffer from migraines usually suffer from a localized pain on one side of the head. The pain can have a throbbing or pulsing sensation that worsens with physical activity. It also worsens with exposure to light and sound. The pain can be so severe that the person may have to take time off of work or other activities.

Risk factors for developing migraines include consuming large quantities of caffeine, family history of the illness, age, and hormonal changes, pregnancy and menopause. Women are three times more likely to get a migraine than men.

Watch the video for more details.

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