Migraines are severe recurring headaches, usually affecting one side of the head, which affect 10% of the population. They are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. Some people also notice a warning symptom (called an aura) before or with the headache. Examples of auras include:
- tingling on one side of the face, arm or leg
- visual disturbances or
- difficulty speaking.
Several factors make you more prone to migraine including a family history, being female and hormonal changes as migraines typically appear around the time of your first period (as a woman). One small consolation – the condition generally improves after menopause!