Migraines affect around 20% of the population, with the majority of suffers females aged 35-45. Generally, it is a moderately intense, pulsating headache or one-sided throbbing. Sensitivity to light, sounds and smell is common. Nausea and vomit may also occur. Migraines may last for a few hours or days.
Some people feel unwell for a day or two prior to the onset of a migraine. Before or during a migraine, some sufferers experience ‘auras’ which may include:
- Vision problems
- Seeing flashing lights
- Speech problems
- Pins and needs in arms and legs
For some women, hormones affect migraine frequency and severity, so this changes during adolescence, pregnancy and menopause.