Migraines are the second most common type of headache after tension headaches.
Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men, with symptoms usually beginning during their teens or in middle-age.
The most apparent symptom is a severe throbbing or pulsating headache that is often felt on one side of the head, though sometimes it can be felt on both sides. Simple activities such as walking can aggravate the pain, which can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. If left untreated, these headaches can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, with pain radiating to the scalp and eye sockets.
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