Migraines are nothing but chronic headaches, which are a form of vascular condition, caused by certain enlargement of blood vessels in the head. As a result of such enlargement, our nerves stretch up and release a special chemicals which gather around arteries and cause pains, inflammation, and other negative effects. Migraines are usually accompanied with lasting and very disturbing pulsing pains, which are hard to bear and the only way to get rid of them is to pop a painkiller.

The most common causes of migraines include stresses and anxiety, frequent pressure changes, hormonal shifts,  a lack of sleep, or even improper nutrition and extensive exposure to light. Some studies showed that such factor as heredity also plays an important role as a factor causing migraines. Statistics show that migraines are three times less common in men than in women, therefore female hormones definitely also play a role. Some heavy headaches and migraines can cause such side effects, as severe stomach aches, nausea and vomiting, etc.

Therefore, risk factors for having frequent migraines include being female, having genetic predisposition to this health problem, being frequently affected by stresses and depression, as well as experiencing frequent hormonal shifts: for example, during menopause. It was proven that people suffer from headaches the most when they are between 30 and 40 years old. Migraines affect the life of more than 28 millions of American people, causing not only pains, but also losses in productivity and inability to enjoy this life full volume.

In terms of the most effective treatments of migraines, specialists recommend, first of all, various painkillers and other pain-relieving techniques. Also, there are certain preventive treatments, which can reduce the occurrence of headaches and severity of pains. Finally, such type of treatments of migraines, as stress-relieving therapy is used more and more often to relieve the symptoms of headaches and other side effects of psychological disorders. It is believed that taking antidepressants and certain cardiovascular drugs can also prevent migraines. However, consult with your specialist before taking such preventive medications.