Migraine Mythology

There are many common misconceptions about migraines that can make it harder for sufferers to get a good diagnosis and treatment.

1 – Migraines are all in the head, an overreaction to a normal headache, etc. In other words they are not real.

False.  Migraines are a biological primary headache disorder.  Migraine pain is not always confined to the head, though that is typically where it is the worst.

2 – The cause of migraines is known.

Unfortunately, this is false  There are a number of interesting theories being brought forward, but so far, no single, definite biological cause of migraines has been discovered.

3 – All migraine sufferers have the same symptoms.

Also false.  This is one reason why migraines so hard to diagnose, more so if the patient’s doctor is only aware of the most common symptoms.

4 – A doctor can usually tell if headache pain is a migraine or not.

Not all the time.  The wide array of symptoms that often accompany a migraine headache can make it difficult to diagnose, especially if the patient is not open with their doctor about all their symptoms.

5 – Migraines can be cured.

Though I wish this were true, sadly, it’s not.  Once they’ve been properly diagosed many migraineurs still have to spend a lot of time and energy to managing their migraines through medication, natural/homeopathic remedies, even diet and lifestyle changes. Each of the many available coping methods work differently for each migraine sufferer, so there is not just one way to treat all migraneurs.

6 – Only Women get migraines.

Although it may seem true, and women migraineurs do outnumber the men by 3 to 1, there is no evidence of a sex-linked cause.

7 – Only adults get migraines.

Migraines occur across all age groups there have been adolescents, children, and even infants diagnosed with migraines.

8 – Every headache a migraineur has is a migraine

Not true.  Migraine sufferers suffer from plain old fashioned sinus, tension, or stress headaches just like anyone else.