They say that women have far greater abilities than men to endure pain and here apparently is more evidence of that fact: statistics show that some 30 million Americans suffer from migraines.
From among those 30 million, as many as 75% may be women! Migraines are those debilitating episodes of headache that can put one out of charge and are often accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Maria Carmen-Wilson, a University of South Florida neurology professor and medical director of the Headache and Pain Center at Tampa General Hospital, tells us why this is so:
- Hormones and hormonal fluctuations may play a part in triggering migraine. As the levels of estrogen fall and rise in the brain, these can be the reason for migraine occurring.
- Menstrual cycles and other biological changes could be a reason.
- Stress can be a migraine trigger.
- Even noise or the weather can trigger migraine.
Migraine and its frequency affect different women differently, and women who suffer migraine may find it useful to maintain a diary to identify triggers and patterns of occurrence. Sleep patterns and eating habits, hormonal cycles can also shed more light of the reasons behind a migraine attack.