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In Chandigarh, migraine cases doubled due to rise in temperature

Migraine is a most common and worst form of headache. People complain of severe pain or throbbing, which can either be on one side or can affect whole head. It can last from few hours to several days.

punjab Updated: Jun 03, 2017 18:20 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Out of the 1,000 patients examined per month at the neurology OPD of PGI, nearly 25% person complain of headache. 
Out of the 1,000 patients examined per month at the neurology OPD of PGI, nearly 25% person complain of headache. (Shutterstock)

With the rising mercury, the number of migraine cases has almost doubled in the city hospitals which is evident from a visit to OPD of neurology department at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).  

Out of the 1,000 patients examined per month at the neurology OPD, nearly 25% person complain of headache. 

According to, Dr Manish Modi of neurology department, PGIMER 80% of headache cases are of migraine, which worsens during peak summers.

“In summers, we examine around 2000 cases of migraine per month. Whereas in winters, this number is hardly 800,” said Modi. 

Informing more about migraine he added “There is neuro inflammation in migraine, which means that there is swelling of nerves and nerve ends. Swelling increases the sensitivity, that is why people suffering from the disease have complain of pain/throbbing, which can vary in intensity, nausea and they cannot tolerate light, sound, movement and get irritate very easily.”  

What is Migraine?
  • Migraine is a most common and worst form of headache. People complain of severe pain or throbbing, which can either be on one side or can affect whole head. It can last from few hours to several days.

He further added that migraine is much more than a headache. 

The doctor talking about why migraine cases increases in summer, said that heat is a common precipitant of migraine. 

In addition to heat migraine can also be triggered by sudden change in temperature, hunger, stress, sleep deprivation, strong perfumes, coffee, banana, cheese and various other factors. 

To tackle migraine Dr Modi suggested that people should avoid going out in sun during peak hours. He also advised to wear sunglasses and remain hydrated.

“I personally believe that exercise improves the blood circulation and helps a lot in migraine. So, one should exercise regularly,” he said. 

Symptoms
  • Throbbing pain, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to noise and light, neck pain, in rare cases one see flashes of light.
  • Most of the people confuse neck pain with spondylosis, but they are suffering from migraine.
  • Neck pain/stiffness is a common symptom of migraine.

Can migraine be cured? 

According to Dr Modi, a permanent cure is available only for infection and not diseases like migraine. He added, “There is a range of medication for migraine with which we can improve the quality of life and control complications but we cannot cure it.” 

The neurologist warned that one should never ignore a headache and must visit a doctor in case of repeated headaches, else it can have serious repercussions.  

“If not kept in check, migraine can cause complications like vision loss, strokes, double vision. At PGIMER, we see a hundreds of cases with complications,” he said.