Migraine and Headaches

Migraine & other headaches

Migraine affects about 10% of the population and is a very common reason for people to miss work, school or university.  For some people it’s just an occasional issue, for others it is more frequent and debilitating.  In some cases it is possible to identify the triggers and reduce the number of attacks, but for some people no cause will be apparent. Many sufferers run into difficulty with overuse of painkillers which can, in time, make their headaches get worse. Preventive medications are recommended if symptoms are occurring more than twice per month.

The selection of articles below explores migraine triggers, medication overuse headaches , the different types of “auras” that migraine-sufferers may experience, and when preventive treatments for migraine should be considered.  There’s also lots of information about other common types of headaches, and how to recognise the signs of a more serious headache.

Migraine- 5 signs you may need preventive treatment

Migraine is a common and very unpleasant condition, affecting around 1 in 5 Australians. For some people, it’s only an occasional thing, and doesn’t have too great an impact on daily life. For others it can be frequent and debilitating- causing pain, misery and time off work. Migraine headaches are usually severe, throbbing, and [...]

Headaches- how painkillers can worsen them

Could over-use of painkillers be making your headaches worse? There are certain things that your GP should be looking for if you’re suffering from regular headaches. Things that may indicate something to worry about include: Sudden onset Accompanying fever Change in the nature or timing of the headache Neck stiffness Accompanying neurological symptoms, for [...]

Migraine with aura- from the simple to the strange!

A migraine is not just a bad headache! It can be a much more complex condition-and some people experience symptoms that are pretty strange. Migraine usually involves a severe throbbing headache behind one eye, difficulty being in the light, and nausea or vomiting , and an episode can last from hours to days. Sometimes [...]

Migraine sufferer? Why the contraceptive pill may be dangerous for you

Migraine is a common condition affecting about 1 in 5 Australians at some time in their life. It is much more common in women than men. Some people get migraines very frequently, others get them rarely. Migraine usually causes a severe throbbing headache behind one eye, difficulty being in the light, and nausea or vomiting. Symptoms may [...]