Jack P Shepherd, 32, who’s appeared on ITV’s Coronation Street since 2000, revealed he suffers from intense migraines on Twitter in February last year – so bad they leave him “throwing up for 10 hours” and temporarily blind. The actor made the admission after he opened up about never having had a cold.
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After tweeting this, a fan teased: “You must’ve been breast fed as a baby…or maybe you still are.”
Jack replied: “Wasn’t breast fed, had milk off the door step.
“I ate really well as a child, and that builds your immune system, also I played outside, climbed trees, played in mud… maybe that’s why?”
While admitting he’d never had a cold, the star gave details on his painful migraines.
He said: “I suffer with migraines and throw up for 10 hours, and ultimately go blind! So I’m not superman.”
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a moderate or severe headache, usually felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head, says the NHS.
Many people also experience symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
The health body advises: “Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men.
“They usually begin in early adulthood.”
There are different types of migraine.
Migraine with aura is when there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights.
Migraine without aura is the most common type where the migraine happens without specific warning signs.
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Migraine aura without a headache, also known as a silent migraine, is where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experience but a headache does not develop.
The NHS advises to see a GP if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.
It adds: “Simple painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be effective for migraine.
“Try not to use the maximum dosage of painkillers on a regular or frequent basis as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.
“You should also make an appointment to see a GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than 5 days a month), even if they can be controlled with medicines, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.”
You should call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone you’re with experiences:
- Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms or one side of the face
- Slurred or garbled speech
- A sudden agonising headache resulting in a severe pain unlike anything experienced before
- Headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and a rash
The NHS says these symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a stroke or meningitis, and should be assessed by a doctor as soon as possible.
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