20 Dec, 2021


A migraine is a common health condition that can first affect people during their early years. Migraines involve episodes of severe headaches and throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, often resulting in the inability to continue daily duties and activities. Migraines can strike either one or both sides of the head causing pulsating pain that can last for hours or days.

Associated symptoms:

  • Acute headache on one side of the head with pulsating pain that increases when moving
  • Pulsating sensation around the eyes and in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Lack of ability to concentrate

These symptoms usually last between four hours and three days.

Migraine triggers:

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Menopause
  • Some hormonal medicines, including contraception medication
  • Consumption of certain food
  • High-caffeine drinks
  • Tension and stress
  • Sensory stimuli such as bright light and strong smells
  • Sleep disorders and lack of proper sleep
  • Intense physical exertion
  • Weather changes

Risk factors that can make people more prone to suffering from migraines include:

  • A family history of migraines
  • Age – they can often occur during adolescence
  • Gender – women are more likely to suffer from migraines than men

Tips to ease migraine pain:

  • Taking painkillers
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Reducing caffeine intake
  • Limiting and resolving stress sources
  • Getting sufficient rest
  • Regular physical activity
  • Avoiding triggers, such as certain foods or strong smells
  • Creating the right sleep environment by keeping devices away from your bed

The difference between migraines and sinus headaches:

People that experience sinus headaches don't often suffer from sensitivity to light and sound, or nausea and vomiting. Sinus headache symptoms usually include sinusitis, flu and other symptoms that aren't commonly associated with migraines.

Facts about migraines:

  • Migraines are not a genetic disease, but some families are more prone to experiencing them.
  • Botox and CGRP antibody treatments have proven effective in treating intermittent and chronic migraines, however this is only linked to accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

For these reasons, visiting a specialist is essential for treatments to succeed. Dallah employs a number of leading neurologists that are experts in their field and are able to advise on suitable treatments for migraines.

Normal and chronic headaches:

A normal headache is usually light to mild in intensity and short-lived. Pain tends to disappear after taking painkillers or by simply avoiding triggers. Common headaches aren't accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to lights and sounds or smells, so they will rarely disrupt day-to-day activities.

Migraines, on the other hand, are far more a serious condition that can disrupt a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Migraines are accompanied by severe symptoms such as nausea, distorted vision and acute pain, all of which could last for hours or days.