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Common Migraine Headache Symptoms:You should see your doctor to rule out other health challenges that may cause headaches but suspect migraines if you have a number of the following symptoms:

1. Spots in your visual field or zig-zagging strobe looking lines
2. Blind spots in your visual field that may affect detail work or driving
3. Eyes that ache
4. Throbbing headach bad enough to cause nausea or vomiting
5. Sensitivity to light
6. Anxious feelings or feelings of dread or doom
7. Food sensitivities that are new or unusual
5. Symptoms such as the above that happen specifically at a certain point in your menstrual cycle ( menstrual migraines)

The Link Between Migraines and Increased Risk of Brain Lesions:Research coming out of the Netherlands indicates that women who have migraine headaches are more at risk for brain lesions, or what are called deep white matter hyperintensities. Factors that determine just how much of a risk a migraine sufferer may be in, depend on the frequency of headaches a person experiences, the severity of the migraines a person has and how long they've been going on.

One often overlooked factor in headaches is the consumption of excitotoxins. Of the most prevelant excitotoxins in our foods and beverages, monsodium glutamate is probably the most common and is very commonly associated with headaches. Avoid foods containing monosodium glutamate (if you can; easier said than done) if you notice a pattern of headaches after eating. I'm very sensitive to MSG in foods and also sugar alchohols such as sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, malitol, etc. In addition, those with MSG sensitivities may also want to avoid carrageenan.

Health Care Disclaimer:Please see your doctor for migraine headaches. If you have had prolonged, chronic migraines, your doctor may want to rule out deep white matter hyperintensities, lesions or ischemia. deep white matter information on NIH website. Natural remedies are not presented as replacement for proper medical evaluation and treatment. This information is educational in nature and not intended to replace any needed medical care. While it can be common to experience headaches from allergies, sensitivities and stress, any chronic headache pattern needs proper attention and evaluation.