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June 25th, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Neuroscience, Sleep Health, Wellness & Prevention, Women's Health

Is Your Headache a Migraine?

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Migraine – even the word can strike fear in the nearly 12 percent of Americans who the National Institutes of Health reports suffer from them. These people know the throbbing, one-sided pain that makes them sensitive to light and noise and that causes nausea or vomiting. Some even lose their vision temporarily. Yet many others have experienced these classic migraine symptoms and have blamed them on tension headaches, caused by the tightening of muscles around the face and neck, or sinus headaches, which may occur from sinus irritation caused by allergies or an infection. Undiagnosed Migraines The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that while the 12 percent – or 36 million Americans – have diagnosed migraines, nearly half of migraines go undiagnosed. “Many people self diagnose and treat their headaches with over-the-counter pain medications,” said Natalie Sanchez, M.D., a Baptist Health Medical Group physician with Baptist Health Primary Care. “It is not...

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