On a recent episode of The Doctors, Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall spoke with a viewer who had been suffering from frequent headaches and wondered if they were migraines. How can you tell if you are experiencing a migraine or another type of headache? In addition to head pain, migraines may have other symptoms, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numbness, tingling or weakness
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Visual field disturbances, known as "auras"
Migraines may be brought on by environmental “triggers” that vary for different people. Some typical triggers may include:
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Stress and anxiety
- Certain foods such as aged cheeses, chocolate and cured meats
- Weather changes
If you suffer from migraines or suspect that you do, consider keeping a headache diary to track when you get headaches and what triggers might be linked to your episode. Over time, you may see patterns developing. Speak with your doctor about your trigger diary and what steps you might take to more actively manage your headaches.