Migraines | Causes, Symptoms, and Relief from Headache Pain.


In this article we discuss:


What Are Migraine Headaches?


Migraines are types of headaches that are very severe and can be debilitating to the sufferer. They are most commonly one-sided and are associated with photophobia (sensitivity to light), phonophobia (sensitivity to noise), and auras (a neurological visual disturbance that occurs prior to the migraines such as flashing or bright lights, a blind spot in your vision, tunnel vision, and many more). Chronic Migraines or chronic headaches exist in sufferers that have returning migraines over a long period of time.

Other types of headaches and head pain include tension headaches, cluster headaches (recurrent and severe pain around one side of the head close to the eye), episodic migraines (headache frequency of 14 or fewer headaches per month), silent migraines (an aura without a headache), and rebound headaches (a returning headache after the overuse of drugs or medication).


Types of Migraine Headaches:


People with migraines can experience different types of pain and symptoms.

Many individuals with migraines have more than one type of migraine.


What Causes/triggers a Common Migraine?


There are lots of migraine triggers such as diet, certain foods or food ingredients, hormones, lifestyle factors, and muscular tension. The cause of migraines is not well understood but it is believed that an imbalance of the sympathetic nervous system can cause constriction of small blood vessels in the head which acts as a migraine trigger.

Other contributing factors that could cause a migraine headache include:


What are the migraine symptoms?


A migraine attack can be identified by the following common signs and sensory symptoms:

About 40 percent of people who have migraines have some vestibular symptoms.


What Are Symptoms according to the Stages of Migraine Headaches?

One or two days before a migraine, you might notice subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine, including:

For some people, aura might occur before or during migraines. Auras are reversible symptoms of the nervous system. They're usually visual but can also include other disturbances. Each symptom usually begins gradually, builds up over several minutes and lasts for 20 to 60 minutes.


Examples of migraine aura include:

After a migraine attack, you might feel drained, confused, and washed out for up to a day. Some people report feeling elated. The sudden head movement might bring on the pain again briefly.



Who is at risk for migraines?


Migraine with aura occurs in 25 percent of people who have migraines.

According to the International Headache Society, people who have migraines without aura have had at least five attacks that have these characteristics: Headache attacks usually lasting 4 to 72 hours if it's not treated or if treatment doesn't work.

In about 20% of individuals, the aura may last longer than 60 minutes and in some, the aura may not precede the headache phase but occur after the headache has already started.



Can migraines be prevented?


Preventive medication and preventive treatment can ease the onset of a common type of migraine or severe headache.

Tips for preventing cluster headaches or migraine pain:

What are some tips for instant migraine relief?

Migraine attacks might run in your family, or they can be associated with other nervous system conditions. (healthline.com)


Treatment of Migraine - is there a cure for migraines?

There are many options for migraine treatment.

At-home remedies, natural remedies, or a herbal remedy

Keeping a migraine or headache journal could aid in learning about and tracking the history of migraines in order to get down to its root cause. This would make the case a lot stronger for treatment by a healthcare professional.


Are Migraines Curable?

People with migraine headaches may find relief by using osteopathic therapy. There is some research to support this.

This study supports the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative therapy combined with standard medication for women with migraine headaches in regard to decreased pain intensity, reduced number of days with migraine, reduced working disability, and improvement in some areas of HRQoL.


The best outcomes are usually achieved by learning and avoiding personal migraine triggers, managing symptoms, practicing preventive methods, following the advice of your doctor, and reporting any significant changes to your doctor as soon as they occur.

If you are suffering from a migraine or muscular tension headaches, schedule an appointment at The Osteopathic Centre to see how we can help.


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