Nov 2, 2017

Announcer: The Health Minute. Produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: How do you know if a headache could be a migraine? Dr. Tom Miller, what are the signs?

Dr. Miller: So basically migraine is typically underdiagnosed. Essentially if you have a headache that lasts 4 to 72 hours and if it's on one side, it could be on both, be on one side, if it's pulsating, if it's moderate to severe in intensity, and finally if it bothers you more when you're walking or climbing stairs or even trying to perform physical exercise, it's likely a migraine. And the other thing is people with migraine typically have problems with light and sound. And then nausea and sometimes vomiting.

Interviewer: And of you have those symptoms, it sounds miserable. What do you do?

Dr. Miller: If you have five or more of those attacks a year, and especially if they are moderate to severe in intensity and affect your work and home life, you ought to seek treatment, because there are great medicines out there that would break the headaches. And if you have frequent headaches, there are good medicines to try to stop the headaches from occurring.

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