Migraines—more than just a headache

If you have ever had one, you know that migraines are often not typical, run-of-the-mill headaches. They cause intense throbbing pain, and can bring on nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and numbness and tingling in arms and legs. Even worse, these symptoms can last a few hours or up to three days in adults.

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It is not just adults who suffer from these horrible headaches—studies have shown that 10% of children between the ages of 5 and 15 have migraines. And that number jumps for older kids: up to 28% of children between 15 and 19 experience migraines. When I worked in the pediatric neurology clinic, complaints related to migraines were one of the most common things I saw. And because around 90% of migraines are hereditary, the parents often had an idea of what was going on and could sympathize with their kids.

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