By Lori Schneider, MD
If you have suffered from a migraine headache you know how debilitating and frustrating it can be. These moderate to severe headaches are usually throbbing in nature, and frequently associated with nausea, vomiting, and light and noise sensitivity. Approximately 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience vision distortion. Migraines can also be associated with focal tingling, numbness, weakness, and language dysfunction. During a migraine, most people prefer to be in a dark, quiet room. These headaches are usually hereditary, but environmental factors can affect frequency and severity. While approximately 15 percent of the population is plagued by migraine headaches, hormonal factors make them two to three times more prevalent in women than men. A comprehensive evaluation by a headache specialist can help control your headaches.