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Suggested lead: Millions of people suffer from migraine headaches, but there is hope, and it could be as close as your medicine cabinet. Tom Britt has more.

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The symptoms of a migraine include a moderate to severe often throbbing headache, on one side or on both sides of the head. There is usually extreme sensitivity to light and sound, and often nausea and vomiting. Migraines have been around for thousands of years, but only recently have researchers found medications that seem to alleviate the symptoms. Dr. Joel Morgenlander is a neurologist with Duke University Medical Center. He says the vast majority of migraine sufferers do find relief with over-the-counter medications made especially for those symptoms. But people who continue to self-medicate, without consulting their physician, could complicate their treatment once they do go in to see the doctor.

“One of the problems we have with a lot of migraine patients is if you take too much of that type of medication, you basically get ‘hooked’ on it, so that you get a withdrawal type problem much like if you’re a caffeine coffee drinker every morning.”

Morgenlander says recurring migraine symptoms do warrant a trip to the doctor, since what you assume is a migraine could actually be something else even more serious. I’m Tom Britt.

Morgenlender says what you assume is a migraine could be something even more serious.

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“There’s nothing absolutely specific about the bad, severe, sick throbbing headache of a migraine. It could be from more serious things, but often-times it’s not. That’s something that the physician needs to evaluate.”