“I’d suffered these attacks dozens of times before and whenever I reached that stage, I knew I had no choice but to lie down in a dark room until it passed.”
39-year-old Kathryn McNally knows all too well how debilitating migraines can be. She says managing her throbbing headaches were next to impossible — even sunlight made her wince in pain.
“Sometimes it would last for as long as three days, with me only getting out of bed for a drink of water or to force down something to eat. I’d be good for nothing at all,” McNally tells the Daily Mail UK.
McNally says she knew she was showing classic migraine symptoms, yet despite several visits to her general physician, the doctor diagnosed her with tension headaches and sent her home.
“Each time I was told it wasn’t a migraine, despite me suggesting it might be, but just an ordinary headache,” says McNally.
It was only when McNally changed doctors that she was finally diagnosed with migraines and was referred for specialized treatment.
This case of migraine misdiagnosis is far from unique. Despite migraine being the most common neurological condition, lack of specialist knowledge among general physicians means it’s often mistaken for tension headaches – the everyday pain triggered by anything from stress and tiredness to dehydration — even poor posture.
Migraines have different triggers, and usually require different treatments for effective management. The exact cause of migraine is unknown, but attacks start in the brain with the misfiring of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters setting off a chain reaction, which results in the symptoms.
Exactly what triggers this chain varies from person to person, but for most, it is a combination of factors including head trauma, dental factors, TMJ inflammation, dietary elements such as caffeine or monosodium glutamate, as well as environmental factors such as a change in the climate or a stuffy atmosphere, and hormones.
Though migraines can affect anyone of any age, they are most common between the ages of 20 to 50. Two-thirds of sufferers are women.
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