Migraine, Headache And Women

headacheI DECIDED to scribble about this issue today because, yes, you guess it right, I am having this annoying pain now.

I could feel it creeping slowly and steadily in the past couple of days. It is not a new thing for me. In fact it has been my constant companion as far as I can remember. At the very least, once a month.

As I am writing this subject I also learned more about this pain as I perused many useful articles one after another online. What I am about to write is my conclusion after flipping through hundred of articles which are mostly from health websites.

So what is the difference between headache and migraine? Actually it is a fine line between severe headache and migraine. And we often simplify our pain as a migraine.

Recognising a migraine headache from a traditional headache is important. It can mean faster relief through better treatments and help us navigate the (better) ways to handle future occurrences.


Headaches can cause pressure and aching in your head. From mild to moderate pain, it can occur on both sides of our head. Also include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck.

There are three most common headache types and they are tension headaches which is caused by stress, muscle strain, or anxiety. Then there’s cluster headaches with symptoms include runny nose, a watery eye, or nasal congestion. And the last one is sinus headaches. With symptoms such as fever, stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure, we often confused it with migraines.

Migraine, on the hand, is the headache which is more intense or severe and symptoms include pain behind one eye or ear, nausea, vomiting, pain in the temples, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound temporary vision loss.

There are also other signs that migraine is just around the corner when you experience symptoms such as depression, irritability, constipation, unusual food cravings, depression and yes, frequent yawning!

According to some researches, one in four women has had a migraine. And, it turns out, it affects three times more women than men.

Basically, we are not alone. It is estimated that 13 percent of the world’s population suffer with migraines to a greater or lesser degree. About 60 percent of women affected have menstrual-related migraines, meaning they tend to coincide with their menstrual cycle.

I consider myself lucky to a certain degree. The one I am suffering from is mostly the one-sided throbbing pain which last for a few minutes a few times a day with accompanying mild fever. Don’t have all those disturbed vision or nausea or vomiting.

Since we, women are more vulnerable to migraine attacks shortly before or during our period, we should be particularly careful to avoid common migraine headache triggers around that time. Avoiding triggers is a good idea anytime, but it is especially important to be vigilant when the body is experiencing changes in hormone levels.

Apart from our usual Panadol (paracetamol), Aspirin and the likes, it also helps to have some lifestyle alterations to reduce migraine frequency which include reducing stress (this is tricky! I know), drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep folks and yes, you know its coming… Regular physical exercise. A