No one knows exactly why we suffer migraines, but there are some things that people find trigger their symptoms, including starting their period, stress, tiredness and some types of food and drink. Some people will also get an ‘aura’ or ‘sign’ before an attack, such as visual disturbances.
Migraines are fairly common and affect around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.1
Pounding, throbbing on one or both sides of their head, nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds or smells, seeing flashing lights or zig-zag patterns.
If you spot a migraine in its very earliest stages, you may be able to control it with non-prescription pain relievers. Work with your doctor to find the method that works best for you. Try to avoid any foods that trigger your migraines, drink lots of water and cut back on your caffeine and alcohol intake.
Don’t eat any foods that trigger your migraines or have too much caffeine or alcohol.