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Migraines

Migraines are a type of headache, that can be extremely painful. Migraines are thought to be caused by changes in the chemicals of the brain. Fluctuating levels of hormones, for example, are closely linked to the cause of migraines. Symptoms can include an intense pounding headache, sensitivity to light, noise and smells, the feeling of pins and needles, tingling sensations and weakness in limbs. And occasionally feelings of nausea and vomiting.

Did you know… Migraines affect around 15% of adults in the UK.

What causes it?

Many factors have been identified as triggers for a migraine, such as:

  • Emotional triggers: stress, anxiety, tension, shock, depression and excitement
  • Physical triggers: tiredness, poor posture, tension in neck or shoulder and low blood sugar
  • Dietary triggers: lack of food, irregular meals, dehydration, alcohol, caffeine and foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese
  • Environmental triggers: bright lights, flickering screens, smoking, loud noises, strong smells and sudden changes in climate

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