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Helpful facts about migraines

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly 18 percent of women in the United States experience recurrent migraines. Migraines are very intense, and usually affect only one side of the head.

What causes migraines?

A number of things can cause them. You could be genetically predisposed to them, which means you get them more often than the average person. Lack of sleep, quitting coffee, and dehydration can also cause migraines.


Acetaminophen can bring some relief from migraines, as can proper rest and hydration. Applying heat to the front of the head, or ice to the back, could help you manage the pain as well. If your migraines are not improving, are incredibly intense, or are associated with an increase in blood pressure or vision changes, let your healthcare provider know right away.

  • “What should I know about migraines?” Am Fam Physician. 66(11):2140-2141. Web. Dec 2002.
  • Benjamin Gilmore, et al. “Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache.” Am Fam Physician. 83(3):271-280. Web. Feb 2011.

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