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Migraine 101 Quiz

A man standing with a headache showing pain on his face

Not sure of the facts when it comes to headaches and migraines? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.

  1. True/False: A migraine headache usually begins with a visual disturbance called an aura (spots, dots or even zig zag lines). *
  2. True/False: All migraines involve only one side of the head.
  3. True/False: There is a cure for migraine headaches.
  4. Dietary triggers for migraines include:
    1. Chocolate
    2. Cheese
    3. Food additives such as MSG
    4. Alcohol
    5. A, B, and C
    6. A, B, C, and D
  5. True/False: Migraines sometimes run in families.
  6. True/False: A bad headache is usually a sign of a brain tumor.

Answer Key

A Red Pen
  1. False.
    In most cases of migraine, there is no aura. *
  2. False.
    Atypical migraines sometimes involve the whole head instead of only one side.
  3. False.
    Migraine headaches can be treated with medication, but there is no cure.
  4. F.
  5. True.
    Although many sufferers have a family history of migraine, the exact hereditary nature of this condition is still unknown. People who get migraines are thought to have an inherited abnormality in the regulation of blood vessels.
  6. False.
    Headaches can serve as a warning sign of more serious disorders, but there are many causes. See your doctor if your headaches aren't relieved by standard treatments.

Sources: Patient Education Institute, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

*This question/answer differs from the print edition. See erratum.

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