Dealing with disorders: National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

For migraine sufferers, anything can start a painful decline into a headache.
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 10:38 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For migraine sufferers, anything can start a painful decline into a headache. According to the American Migraine Foundation, more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches.

Of those millions, over 90% say their headaches affect everyday life from education; to their job, to even social activities, and it all stems from not being able to bear light and nausea.

Chelsey Kennedy with CHI Health said there are things you and your doctor can look at to see if another health condition is triggering the headaches.

“That is where it is important for you to follow up with your primary care provider for further evaluation, cardiac diseases, high blood pressure.. for example, pregnancy and certain healthcare conditions can cause an increased pressure or increased headaches,” Kennedy said.

In addition to triggers from inside the body, some can occur outside the body as well, such as fireworks around the Fourth of July holiday.

“If you already have a migraine, loud noises and bright flashes can definitely make it much worse. Everybody is a little different in their triggers; sometimes your hormones, for females, can be a trigger, and sometimes environmental changes like smoke or allergies can be a trigger. So everybody is a little different in their triggers,” Dr. Zach Frey said.

Frey said the treatments available for migraines have improved massively over the last five years.

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