Migraines cause severe head pain that may be accompanied by a myriad of other symptoms that can be disabling. Migraine symptoms may include the following:
- Tingling and tingling
- Sensitivity to sound
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty speaking
Migraines often are found to run in families and recent medical studies have identified certain genetic mechanisms. Migraines are suffered by individuals of all ages and are often not identified in young children.
The length of a migraine attack can vary widely from person to person. Most migraines will last for at least four to five hours. If you are having a migraine attack that lasts for more than three days, you should visit your local emergency room.
Migraines and the Phases
Migraine attacks will typically follow four stages. A person can have a migraine that will skip one or more of the phases and each person is different. Suffering from a migraine that does not begin with a headache is possible and these types are known as acephalgic migraines. It is important to remember that migraine headaches can vary widely from person to person.
Migraine and Headache
There is a big difference between a headache and a migraine. A migraine attack can cause debilitating neurological symptoms. The head pain with a migraine is a throbbing feeling and is usually felt on one side of the head. The symptoms most commonly experienced are nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms that accompany migraines can vary from attack to attack.
Different Types of Migraines
Migraines are not a one-size-fits-all and can be triggered by different factors. Here are the different types of migraines.
- Migraine without aura
- Migraine with aura
- Menstrual migraine (hormonal)
- Hemiplegic migraine
- Basilar migraine
- Retinal migraine
What Triggers A Migraine?
There are different triggers when it comes to migraines and again the triggers are different from one person to another. Well-known triggers include the following:
- Foods including chocolate, MSG, cheeses, dairy, and citrus fruit.
- Drinks such as alcohol and dairy products.
- Additives that consist of food dyes, sulfites, nitrates, and tyramine.
- Skipping meals
- Not drinking enough fluids.
Migraine Treatment Options
Here at the Dova Center, we will study your medical history, daily habits, and your day-to-day lifestyle. We will factor in diet, sleep routine, stress, and hormones to help determine the cause of your migraines. Based on the outcome, we may recommend Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, breathing exercises, or massage.
Self-care is very important when it comes to reducing recurring migraines. Here at the Dova Center, we will help you discover ways to structure your life to reduce the occurrence of migraines.
When a person suffers from migraines, it is common to feel depressed and lonely. It is tough to make any type of social plans or engagements because you never know when a migraine will hit. It is important to realize that you are not alone and there is help available.
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