Bonitas Member Magazine B-Living Issue 3 | Page 28

Making sense of migraines Migraines are one of the most common reasons individuals visit the doctor, affecting approximately 18% of women and 6% of men. We enlisted Dr Elliot Shevel, founder and medical director of the Headache Clinic South Africa, to share his insights on headaches and migraines as well as triggers and treatments available. A migraine may be a one-sided, throbbing headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting as well as light and sound sensitivity, but doesn’t always conform to this description since it can affect both sides of the head without a throbbing sensation, nausea, vomiting or light and sound sensitivity. Each symptom can have different causes so it is essential to diagnose which anatomical structure of the body is in pain to treat this ailment effectively. Page 27 Where does the pain come from? Contrary to what most specialists believe, migraine pain almost never comes from the brain, but originates from muscles of the jaws and neck, small blood vessels and arteries as well as nerves under the skin of the head, face and neck. This makes it easier to treat a migraine because the structures in pain are mostly just under the skin. B-Living Issue 3, 2017