Migraine headaches are the result of a chronic neurological disorder that causes recurring headaches that range in severity from mild to excessively painful. People with the usual symptoms of an autonomic nervous system have the most trouble with migraines. The headaches are generally felt on one half of the head, are extreme in their pulsations and can last for anywhere between 2 and 72 hours. They can often additionally cause nausea, vomiting and an increased sensitivity to light and/or sound. The headaches are often aggravated by exercise or other physical activity.
Migraines are caused by an enlargement of blood vessels, which are then surrounded by chemicals released from nerve fibers, enlarging your temporal artery. The temporal artery is an artery beneath the skin on the outside of your skill, which becomes painfully inflamed when it comes into contact with the nerve fiber chemicals. The more the artery increases in size, the more painful the headaches are.
Over 28 million people in the United States alone suffer from migraine headaches. Somewhere around 17% of all women and 6% of men have experienced them. Many of the people who get migraines often receive warning signs from their body before actually getting a headache. These usually include euphoria, depression, yawning, or a specific food craving.
Migraines can cause only mild discomfort for some and for others can be so painful as to be debilitating. If you are having trouble working because of these headaches, call disability lawyer Nick Ortiz at 850-898-9904 for more information about filing for Long Term Disability or Social Security disability benefits.