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Why Are Men Less Likely to Develop Migraines?

Migraines Are Still a Risk

It's estimated that someone in nearly one in every four households in the United States suffers from migraines. And yet, migraines are still a largely misunderstood condition.

Even more interesting is that migraines seem to affect men and women differently. Though men are less likely to develop migraines, they should still know common triggers, symptoms, and treatment options.

What Are Migraines?

Many people don't realize that migraines aren't just bad headaches — they're a neurological condition that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, from pain and nausea to light and sound sensitivity and even temporary blindness.

Common Triggers

Though they are common, the exact cause of this condition is unknown. Many possible triggers for migraines include stress, lack of sleep, bright lights, strong smells, and certain foods. Many people who experience them have a family history of the condition.

Men vs. Women

While migraines are relatively common in both sexes, statistics show that women are up to three times more likely to experience them than men. Migraines are the third most common disorder in women of childbearing age, with around 18% of women in this age group suffering from migraines.

Why are migraines more common in women? There are a few theories. One is that migraines may be linked to hormonal changes, often occurring during a woman's menstrual cycle. Another idea is that migraines may be caused by changes in the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood and pain regulation.

Reducing Your Symptoms

Whatever the cause, migraines can be debilitating — and even dangerous. If you suspect you or someone you know is having a migraine, it's essential to seek medical help. In the meantime, here are three things you can do to ease the symptoms of a migraine:

  • Get some rest in a dark, quiet room. Migraines often cause light and sound sensitivity, so lying down in a dark room can help ease the pain.
  • Apply a cold compress to your head or neck. This can help reduce inflammation and swelling associated with migraines.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can worsen migraines, so it's essential to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or other clear fluids.

Seeking Treatment for Your Migraines

While migraines are most often just a nuisance, they can sometimes indicate another chronic issue. If you experience migraines regularly, it's essential to speak with a doctor to rule out other potential underlying causes.

Additionally, if you experience migraines and other symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, it's essential to seek medical attention immediately, as this could indicate a more severe condition. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of migraines and related disorders.

To learn more or to book an appointment, contact us today.

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