Migraines are intense headaches that cause pain mostly in the front of the head, around the temples, or behind one eye or ear. The pain is severe, and may also be felt on one or both sides of the head. The exact causes of migraines are unknown, but some common triggers include stress, lack of sleep or food, and light. Although there is no cure, treatment options are available, such as lifestyle changes, medications, and alternative therapies. Among the alternative therapies that are available for treating migraines are biofeedback and acupuncture.
Using a diary is a standardized way to document the frequency and severity of your migraines, as well as possible links to physical, emotional, or environmental factors. Each time you have a migraine, write down the time of day, what you were doing, and factors that may have played a role. Keeping a diary such as this can help your healthcare provider better understand your condition and come up with a treatment plan.
(Click Migraine to read the complete eMedTV article, which describes this condition in detail. It provides more information on symptoms, treatments, triggers, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)