8 Migraine Facts and Fictions

Migraine Truths or Myths?

Woman with headache

By Erin O'Donnell

If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, you know it’s so much more than a mere headache. Symptoms include throbbing pain, nausea, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, and migraines can last from four hours to three days (although some can drag on longer). And the mysterious nature of migraines—they can strike frequently and without warning—take a heavy toll on your emotional wellbeing.

The first step in living well with migraines, experts say, is to arm yourself with the latest information. Being in-the-know gives you the power to minimize the frequency and severity of your headaches. To start you off, here are eight facts and fictions about migraines. Do you know which statements are true and false?

Erin O'Donnell is a former editor of Natural Health magazine. She writes about health and wellbeing, and lives in Wisconsin.

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