Types of migraines

Migraine is cited by World Organization (WHO) as one of the most disabling chronic health conditions in the world.
The are two different types of migraines – classic (vascular headache) and common. People with common migraine do not get warning signs but may feel nauseated, irritable or just plain ill. A person with classic migraine gets a combination of sensations called an aura or warning before the migraine strikes. Auras differ from person to person but often include light-headedness, visual disturbances (blurred or double vision), flashes of light or patterns of colour, super sensitivity to noise prior to the migraine, tingling or numbness in the arms or legs and a feeling of weakness.

Both types of migraines cause:

  • moderate to severe headaches that last from four hours to three days
  • pain that is pulsating or throbbing on one side of the head
  • pain that is gets worse by the movement or physical activity
  • sensitivity to light, sound or odors
  • nausea and sometimes vomiting

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