Migraines are more than just headaches. They are debilitating and painful. In addition to headache, migraine symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

Common Symptoms

Some typical features of migraine headache are

  • A first sign may be a combination of warning signals before the headache appears such as nausea or flashing lights.  These “warning signs” may continue through the headache.
  • The headache itself is usually throbbing in character.
  • It may involve only part of the head, such as one side.
  • It may last for hours to days.
  • Light and noise may make it worse.

About Migraine

Migraine is a common cause of headaches in adults. Population-based studies indicate that between 12 - 16 % of people suffer from migraine headaches with women being affected three times as often as men. Migraine headaches can be so severe that they can prevent the ability to carry on with usual activities for many hours or days.

The causes of such headaches are not completely understood, but most researchers believe they stem from a combination of genetic, neurochemical and vascular mechanisms.  

Many people with migraines receive little relief from over-the-counter pain medications. Fortunately, newer agents appear to be making advances in the treatment of migraine.  


If you would like more information about migraine research studies, please call 503-228-CARE (2273), or fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Items marked with * are required

Note: We will respond to your email within 2 business days. If you have not received a response within that time, please check the spam folder in your email program.
All information you provide is stored in a secure site, and cannot be released to any third party without your written and signed authorization.