(NEW YORK) -- For the almost 30 million Americans who suffer from migraines, experiencing nausea on top of the debilitating headache may signal that they are having a more intense migraine than they thought.
Reasearchers at Montefiore Medical Center surveyed 6,500 migraine sufferers and found that those who frequently experienced nausea with their migraines were also at greater odds of experiencing other symptoms associated with more severe migraines such as sensitivity to light, sound, or smell, loss of appetite, as well as neck and sinus pain than patients who did not or only infrequently became nauseous.
Furthermore, the authors of the study, which was presented at the American Headache Society meeting, found that migraine-related nausea was also associated with greater dissatisfaction with medication effectiveness. The authors think that "some patients with nausea delay or skip taking their oral treatment."
They concluded that by recognizing and treating the nausea, they may be able to reduce the burden of migraine for certain migraine sufferers.
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