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Everything you need to know about migraines

Did you know that migraines are reported to affect around 1 in 7 people worldwide? So while many of us have suffered from general tension headaches, there is a big difference between the two.


Whether you’re a sufferer or simply want to understand the symptoms better, we have your ultimate guide right here to help you soothe the symptoms in under a day. 


A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and approximately 1 in every 15 men. 


Here are our top migraine busting tips:


Find a calm environment

At the first sign of a migraine, take a break and step away from whatever you’re doing if possible and:

  • Turn off the lights – Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Try temperature therapy – Apply a hot or cold compress to the head or neck.
  • Hydrate – Drink plenty of liquids. Dehydration can cause a headache or make one worse. 


Use meds in moderation

Pharmacy shelves are stocked with pain relievers for all kinds of headaches. To get the most benefit with the least risk, here are some tips for when choosing medication: 

  • Choose liquid over pills.
  • Take painkillers as soon as you start to hurt. You’ll probably beat it with a smaller dose than if you wait. 
  • Ask your doctor what to take to avoid a rebound headache.


When to call your doctor

You should speak to a doctor if you have the following symptoms: 

  • The migraine has followed a head injury. 
  • The migraine has gotten worse after taking pain medication. 
  • The migraine has severe pain, which has come on suddenly.
  • The migraine has come along with dizziness, speech problems, confusion, or other neurological symptoms. 


If you have been experiencing regular migraines and would like to speak to a doctor, our GP’s are on hand wherever and whenever you need us. For more information, head to: www.gpdq.co.uk/request-a-gp/