A migraine headache is a kind of headache that can last for hours or days. It may cause intense pain. You may also feel sick to your stomach or have problems with your vision just before or during the headache.
The exact cause of migraines is not known. They may be caused by a problem with blood flow in your brain. Or they may happen with changes in chemicals in your brain.
You are more likely to get a migraine when:
Women are more likely to have migraines than men. Sometimes the headaches happen around the time a woman has her period. Or they may happen when a woman is taking hormone pills. Migraines can run in families.
Before a migraine starts, you may:
When you have a migraine, you may:
The headache may last from a few hours to a few days. You may get migraines for the rest of your life. You may find that you have them less often as you get older.
When you have a migraine:
See your healthcare provider if your headaches get worse or if they don't get better when you take medicine for them. It may take several visits to find the best way to control your headaches.
Call your healthcare provider RIGHT AWAY if you have symptoms that you don’t usually have with migraines, such as:
Call your provider RIGHT AWAY if you have other symptoms, such as: