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I have picked out 5 myths about migraine and will explain why they are not true.
- It isn’t possible to have a migraine everyday – If a migraine attack occurs at least 15 days a month for 3 months or more then it is called Chronic Migraine. Episodic Migraine is the type of Migraine that occurs for less than 15 days a month. So, yes, it is possible to have daily migraine attacks.
- Migraine is just a bad headache – Migraine is a neurological disease that is characterised by a severe throbbing pain in one side of the head along with other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. A headache is only one of the many symptoms of migraine. A migraine can also occur without headache which is called as a silent or “acephalgic migraine”
- Migraines are not life threatening – The migraine itself may not kill a person, but the complications that result from them can be life-threatening. These Complications include cardiovascular issues and stroke. If your symptoms change from your usual migraine, seek urgent medical attention as it could be a sign of something more serious.
- Drinking water will cure a migraine – Being hydrated is a good thing and we all probably need to drink more water. But water is not a miracle cure for migraine. There simply isn’t a cure for migraine whether to “cure” recommended is simple or complicated.
- Migraines will go away if I want it bad enough – Migraines cannot be healed by sheer will. It is a chronic illness. Medications may help with frequency of attacks but no one can just “wish” their migraines away.
These are just a few of many myths about migraines that I feel are important. The misconceptions of migraine can only be battled with education. What Migraine Myths would you like to bust?