MIGRAINE WITHOUT AURA
A migraine without aura is the most common type of migraine headache. They account for about 75% of all migraines. Another name you might hear is "common migraine." It doesn’t have the early symptoms, called an aura, that some people have before a migraine begins, like vision changes, dizziness, confusion, feeling prickling skin, and weakness.
Scientists aren't sure what causes migraines. They think that many brain chemicals such as– serotonin, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and dopamine -- play a role. According to the theory, a wave of nerve cell activity spreads across the brain and excites the trigeminal nerve. This excitation causes the release of a variety of neurotransmitters which cause a change in the size of the blood vessels releasing more neurotransmitters and ultimately causing an inflammatory process and pain.
Migraines often begin in childhood and get worse through adolescence. Although more boys than girls have migraines, more adult women than adult men have them. But they usually happen less over time. Migraines become rare after age 50.
Most people feel migraine pain in the front of the head, or on one or both sides of the temples. It may throb or be steady. The headache may last from 4 to 72 hours. You might also have any of these other symptoms:
It is worth noting that a patient can have both migraines with and without aura, and the headache experts at NNG will work to develop a custom therapy for your headache experience.