Beating The Pain Of A Migraine Headache

The Pain Of A Migraine Headache Can Be Intense

Beating The Pain Of A Migraine HeadacheA migraine headache is a complex, recurrent headache disorder that is one of the most common complaints in medicine. A migraine headache is a painful and sometimes chronic headache that comes on quickly, often leading to severe pain around the temple area on one side of the head, which can also extend to the face, sinuses, jaw, and neck. The most common symptom of a migraine headache is a throbbing pain on one side of your head.

Treatment of an acute migraine headache is based on frequency, duration, and severity of attacks. A migraine headache is one of the most common, yet potentially debilitating disorders encountered in primary care. When a migraine headache is in progress, ending it or reducing pain and other symptoms are of primary importance. While both a headache and migraine feature pain, the intensity level of a migraine headache is much higher than that of a regular headache.A migraine headache is defined as a severe throbbing pain or pulsing sensation, most often on one side of the head, which is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

What is Migraine?

We still don’t understand what causes migraine.

Current thinking about the source of migraine symptoms reflects advances in technology that help us see how the brain and nervous system work. Previously, the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the head were thought to be the primary source of migraine pain, and early medications focused on the blood vessels as the principal target for treatment. Researchers now believe that migraine is a neurological disorder involving nerve pathways and brain chemicals.

We know that migraine often runs in families. But genes aren’t the only answer – studies show that environmental factors play an important role, too. Just about everyone has headaches. But contrary to popular belief, migraine is not just a bad headache. It’s an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side of the head. However, in 1/3 of migraine attacks, both sides are affected.

Attacks last between 4 and 72 hours and are often accompanied by one or more of the following disabling symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Of course, everyone is different, and symptoms vary by person and sometimes by attack. Check more here.

The pain associated with a migraine headache is quite different from a tension-type headache and can help determine which type of a headache a person is experiencing.

Migraine Headaches – Cause

Experts aren’t sure what causes migraines. They run in families, and experts have found a genetic link. But it isn’t clear why some people get migraines and others don’t.

Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else’s. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines.

Some common triggers include:

  • Stress.
  • Not eating.
  • Poor sleep habits.
  • A change from your normal routine.
  • Red wine.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Strong odors. Read more here.

Although many people use the term “a migraine” to describe any a severe headache, a migraine headache is the result of specific physiologic changes that occur within the brain and lead to the characteristic pain and associated symptoms of a migraine.

Chiropractic Care and Migraines: What Every Patient Needs to Know

Studies estimate that more than 25 million people living in the United States experience migraine headaches every year, with women being far more likely to experience migraines then men. Typically those with migraines experience their first headache before the age of 30, and many studies have found they are genetic. Many times, migraines come with a tight feeling in the neck and around the temples, also known as tension headaches. Many migraines actually start in the neck. According to a study by Duke University, spinal manipulation, or adjustments, result in almost immediate headache improvement and provided longer-lasting relief and less side effects than typically prescribed headache medication.

Studies have found that most migraines are caused by a small misalignment, or subluxation in the spine. When your vertebrae are misaligned in this way, it can actually cause the nerves and muscles to become irritated and inflamed. When you get adjusted, this misalignment is corrected, meaning your vertebrae are where they should be and that pain, stiffness, soreness and irritation is gone.

Chiropractic adjustments are not only great for helping reduce the severity of migraines, but regular chiropractic care can also help reduce the frequency of these migraines as well. What many people don’t realize is that their poor posture can actually contribute to their migraines. When you spend the whole day hunched over a phone, tablet or computer screen, you start putting some serious strain on your neck and back muscles, which can increase chances of getting subluxations and a migraine. See full article here.

A Migraine Headache Can Come From Many Sources

It’s important to remember that a migraine and migraine headache are two different things. Once a migraine headache is diagnosed (with other conditions ruled out), treatment can begin. A typical migraine headache is throbbing or pulsating and often is associated with nausea and changes in vision.

The pain and symptoms of a migraine headache are different than those of a routine headache, such as a tension headache. The major phases of a migraine headache are the prodrome phase, the aura phase, the headache phase and the resolution phase. Medications used for a migraine headache are either to prevent a migraine or treat an active headache, reach us (619) 831-8777 here for more prevention tips.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.