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Migraine is experienced by an estimated 36 million people in the U.S. (1,2). Many do not recognize they have migraine, 63% (3) thought they had sinus headache and 42% (4) thought they have tension headache. Migraine is a leading cause of outpatient and ER visits (5). Patients typically focus on the headache symptom, but other symptoms accompany migraine like moodiness, irritability, sleepiness, nausea, anxiety, depression, upset stomach, light and sound sensitivity, and fatigue (6). Migraine is characterized by patterns of head pain associated with gut and sensory issues (6). Migraine is triggered by one's environment and chemicals in the body (7). Symptoms can differ from attack to attack and person to person. (6) The head pain is usually on one side, which pulsates, with moderate to severe pain. Migraine causes avoidance of routine activity. You may experience nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, or avoid eating. You may be sensitive to light and sound and your muscles may ache. Medications can alter migraine in positive and negative ways. Meaning some can be overused and cause more headaches, or some may upset your stomach (6). Migraine is your body's response to protect your nervous system from your environment (8). We will teach you how to create a protective environment to protect your nervous system.