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7 Migraine Myths you probably believe (but shouldn’t) by Dr Katy Munro

02 September 2018



My problem can’t be migraine because:-

Myth #1.  No-one in my family has ever had migraine .
Fact: Migraine is a genetic condition but not everyone who has migraine has a clear family history. It may not have been diagnosed in the past or migraines may have been only occasional or mild.


Myth #2. My headache is different every time and migraine is just on one side, isn’t it?
Fact: Migraine can occur as a one-sided headache or all over the head.


Myth #3. Migraine always makes people throw up. I never get sick.
Fact: Not everyone who gets migraine gets nausea or vomiting but some get it severely.


Myth #4. Migraine makes people have to sleep – I can keep going during my headaches.
Fact: Migraine severity is a spectrum with some being very severe and other attacks relatively mild. It varies from person to person too.


Myth #5. My child is only 11 so her headaches can’t be migraine, she’s too young.
Fact: Children can get migraine as young as three. Sometimes they present with tummy ache instead of headache.


Myth #6. I’m 40 and I’ve never had headaches before.
Fact: Some women start getting migraine as they enter their forties and also as hormones begin to change towards the menopause.


Myth #7. I only see flashing lights and zigzags, I never get a headache.
Fact: Migraine aura without headache is a type of migraine with visual disturbances but no headache.

Click here to read our factsheet on ‘Migraine Triggers’.

Click here to read our factsheet on ‘Migraine in Children and Adolescents’.

Click here to read our factsheet on ‘Migraine with Aura’.

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