Simply defined, it is "the worst
form of headache imaginable". Often confined to one side of the head, it is preceded
by distortion of vision (AURA) and accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
There are probably over five million
people in India alone who suffer from this illness. In some fortunate cases, migraine only
strikes 2 or 3 times in a lifetime. In most people, attacks recur again and again as
frequently as two or three times a week but fortunately for many sufferers, with
diminishing intensity and frequency as they get older. There is complete freedom from
distress between attacks.
Like backache sufferers, migraine
sufferers generally get little sympathy, yet is a condition which can disrupt marriage,
affect a job and in severe cases, completely ruin living.