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Migraine Myths: Can You Tell Fact from Fiction?

Bust the myths; break the stigma.

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QUESTION 1

True or false: Migraines and headaches are the same thing.

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False. Headache is just one symptom of a migraine.

Migraines cause a long list of disruptive symptoms, including nausea, visual disturbances, and sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds. A headache is just one symptom of a migraine.

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QUESTION 2

True or false: There is no diet plan to cure migraine.

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True, but each person may have trigger foods.

As of now, there’s no designated diet plan that can guarantee freedom from migraines. That said, certain foods can trigger migraine episodes, and it may vary for each person. Some common trigger foods include alcohol, gluten, chocolate, and cheese. If you get recurrent migraines, it may be beneficial to spend time identifying your trigger foods and avoiding them during “high-risk” times, according to the American Migraine Foundation.

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QUESTION 3

True or false: Taking a lot of migraine medication when symptoms start can help eliminate the migraine.

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False. Too much medication may make your migraine worse.

You might be tempted to do everything in your power to eliminate the migraine symptoms, but taking more medication than what’s recommended can make it worse. It can also lead to “rebound headaches” (or Medication Overuse Headaches), which can be severe and frequent.

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QUESTION 4

True or false: To qualify as a migraine, you must experience “aura.”

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False. Only 25% of people with migraine experience aura.

Aura refers to a cluster of temporary neurological symptoms that might occur before the headache sets in. Aura may include vision changes such as zigzagging lights, tingling in one arm or side of the face, or trouble articulating. The phenomenon of aura is one way to distinguish a migraine from a more run-of-the-mill headache, but it’s not a requirement.

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QUESTION 5

True or false: Caffeine might help treat migraines.

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True—for some people.

It’s easy to blame coffee for a migraine, but actually, caffeine is a common ingredient in many effective headache medicines, and some people can treat migraines and headaches with a coffee or caffeinated soda. However, this effect works best for people who don’t drink coffee or soda every day; having three or more caffeinated drinks a week could worsen migraines or cause caffeine dependency.

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Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: June 3, 2019
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