What is a Migraine?

Over 16% of American adults suffer from migraines at some point in their lives. Migraine attacks are known for causing debilitating headaches and sensitivity to light and sound, making it difficult to go about day-to-day activities. They can last from four hours to three days, and may occur multiple times per month.

Migraine Symptoms

During a migraine attack, you may experience some of the following:

A throbbing pain on one side or both sides of the head

Extensive sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells

Nausea or vomiting

Blurred vision


Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting

Auras, or visual disturbances

Possible Causes

You may be able to trace your migraines back to one or more of the following triggers:

Hormonal changes

Alcohol or excessive caffeine consumption

Fasting and food deprivation


Exposure to bright lights or loud noises

A lack or excess of sleep

Weather changes

Treatment Options

Treatments for migraines vary depending on their intensity and frequency for individual patients. The Headache Response Center offers a full range of treatments, all intended to help eliminate your headaches in a way that is right for you. These include:

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