If you’re getting a throbbing pain that seems to be worse on one side of the head, chances are that it’s a migraine. Migraines are severe headaches that can radically impair your daily activities, lasting typically from a few hours to even a few days.

Migraines are often confused with sinus or tension headaches, but according to WebMD, the symptoms of a migraine are different and you can easily recognize that your headache is not a simple one. Migraines are often accompanied by feelings of nausea or vomiting, vision impairment and throbbing in typical areas which include the temples, forehead and eyes.

If you’re a sufferer you can probably tell that a migraine is coming on. Classic migraines are preceded by the onset of experiencing flashing lights, wavy lines or dots. These are warning signals. You can learn to manage migraines, if not curing them, by taking some practical steps.

Avoid the triggers. Stress, hormonal changes and certain kinds of food like chocolates, processed meat, cheese, soya sauce or additives like ajino moto or MSG, can lead to migraines. Think back and recognize what your triggers are.

Regulate your caffeine intake. Caffeine works both ways; it can help or hinder recovery. A cup of coffee or tea may seem to reduce the pain at the onset but the effect will lessen as the stimulant effect wears off.

Mild exercise may also help ward off migraines. A walk in the park, listening to soothing music or just inhaling and exhaling slowly for a few minutes can provide effective relief.

Treatment of migraines is possible with over-the-counter pills like Excedrin or Ibuprofen, but it’s a good idea to get the right medication prescribed by your physician. Alternative treatments are also available. Many people swear to the benefits of Acupuncture, or Biofeedback, relaxation training that uses a monitor to record the onset of changes in muscle tension and body temperature, signals that warn you that a migraine is imminent.

Remember, when you recognize it, you can start treating it.