NOT ANOTHER HEADACHE!

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NOT NEWS: Migraines can stop life in its tracks--lasting for days at a time. News: They're often mistaken for tension headaches or sinus pain. Even though they require migraine-specific meds, 38% of sufferers wait 3 years or more before seeing a doctor. If you get bad headaches, don't let confusion delay your care: Here, some surprising symptoms and signs of migraines.

SUSPECT MIGRAINES IF YOU GET HEADACHES ON RAINY DAYS. [T/F]
IF IT'S A MIGRAINE, YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE A CONSTELLATION OF LIGHTS. [T/F]
YOU PROBABLY SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES IF YOUR MOM AND DAD BOTH EXPERIENCE SIMILAR PAIN. [T/F]
TAKING THE PILL WILL MASK MIGRAINES BY BALANCING HORMONES AND IMPROVING SYMPTOMS. [T/F]
ONCE YOU'RE DIAGNOSED, PRESCRIPTION HEADACHE DRUGS CAN PREVENT MIGRAINE-RELATED HEALTH RISKS. [T/F]
YOUR BRAIN ON A MIGRAINE

ANSWERS
TRUE. Storms and changes in barometric pressure can set off neurological events that lead to migraine pain, found a 2004 study from Children's Hospital, Boston.

FALSE, Although It's commonly used to diagnose migraines, only about 15 to 20% of people actually see a visual aura during attacks.

TRUE. Migraines are hereditary: If one parent experiences them, you have about a 50% chance of getting them, too; with two suffering parents, risk jumps to about 75%.

FALSE. The birth control pill, which controls estrogen levels, can sometimes improve symptoms, but it often makes migraines worse--especially during the inactive week, when hormones drop abruptly.

FALSE. Although drugs can reduce pain and avert headaches, sufferers should also talk with their doctor about ways to prevent heart attacks. Migraines are associated with a 42% increased risk, and they've also been linked to strokes in women.

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