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Migraines are a particular form of recurrent headache that often runs in families. According to the International Headache Society, "migraine headache pain must have four of the following characteristics: one-sided, pulsating or throbbing, at least moderate if not severe, and worsened by ordinary daily activities such as climbing stairs or housework." In addition, "the pain must be accompanied by either nausea or else sensitivity to light and noise. There must be no evidence of other disease and at least 4-5 attacks before a physician can be confident of the diagnosis."
(Taken from the American Council for Headache Education - ACHE)