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Women More Often Got Migraine


Three out of four people who experience migraines or headaches are women. Why do women rely more often get migraines than men?

Migraine is the pain of the head are usually characterized by sensory warning such as blind spots, nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to sound and light. Pain in migraine can occur within a few hours but some are up to several days.

Migraine that occurs in women as reported by womenhealth, generally at age 20 to 45 years. Some even got migraines when starting menstruation and menopause.

Experts say there is a relationship between migraines and fluctuations in female hormone estrogen. Women who use oral contraceptives are also more likely to experience migraines.

Women’s lives ranging from work environment, family and social obligations allegedly could be a trigger. These factors make it difficult for women to fulfill her role in the workplace and at home when a migraine attack appear.

Migraine headaches are caused by a combination of enlarged blood vessels and release of chemicals from nerve cells are wrapped around the vasculature.

During the headache, enlarged arteries located on the outside of the skull under the skin of his temple. This is causing chemicals are released that cause inflammation, headaches, and enlargement of the arteries, as quoted from Medicalnewstoday.

Migraine causes nervous system responds to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Other responses will affect the small intestine that affect food absorption, lowers blood circulation which causes the hands and feet became cold and increased sensitivity to light and sound.

There are several potential triggers that cause migraines are: allergic reaction, loud noises, the light is too bright, emotional and physical stress, changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep, exposed to cigarette smoke, skipping meals or fasting, alcohol, irregular periods circulation , The fluctuating hormones during menopause, tyramine-containing foods such as red wine, chicken livers, smoked fish, some nuts, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and nitrate-containing foods such as bacon, hot dogs and a kind of sausage.

The International Headache Society recommends ‘formula 5, 4, 3, 2, 1’ to diagnose whether you are affected by migraine, namely:

1. Occur 5 times or more attacks.
2. Duration can be 4 hours to 3 days.
3. There are at least two areas that experienced unilateral pain, making the  situation worse or inhibit the activity.
4. At least one additional symptom such as nausea, vomiting, sound and light sensitive.

To diagnose it could do some tests such as electroencephal computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the cause.

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