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Migraines are notorious for causing debilitating head pain. They are neurological. Head pain is merely a symptom of a migraine attack, and it doesn’t have to accompany it. How do you know you are experiencing a migraine?

 

Typical Migraine Symptoms to Watch Out For

  • Double vision or vertigo

Basilar migraine is something that can cause loss of vision, dizziness, or double vision. Vertigo is very prevalent among people with severe migraines.

  • Frequent urination

If you are unexpectedly going to the bathroom more times than usual, it can be a sign that a migraine attack is about to hit. This occurrence can happen as early as two days before it happens. 

  • Yawning

It will be excessive yawning every few minutes. Also, it can happen right before a migraine attack commences.

  • Neck pain

It is a frequent occurrence among migraineurs. At least 38% of them experience neck pain before a migraine happens, and 31% of patients frequently have neck pain during a migraine attack. 

  • One-sided, throbbing head pain

An online survey discovered that at least 50% of patients with migraines frequently experience throbbing on only one side of their head, while 34% reported that they share this symptom on both sides. 

  • Sensitivity to odors, noise, or light 

Due to these sensitivities, migraine patients frequently want to stay in a dry, dark, and quiet room for comfort and relief. Since these patients are affected severely by bright lights, loud noises, and strong scents, they have a more challenging time trying to avoid these things. Also, these sensitivities don’t only trigger migraines. They also make their migraine attacks more intense.

  • Tingling and numbness

It is frequently called a sensory aura. Some characteristics would include a pins-and-needles sensation that you would feel on one side of the body. It tends to move from the fingertips and through the arm, then across the face too.

  • Nausea or vomiting

In a survey of more than 3,700 migraine patients, 73% had nausea, and 29% experienced vomiting. These individuals also seemed to have more intense pain with more issues finding relief from medication than those without nausea.

  • Eye pain

It usually happens behind the eye, and it can cause excruciating pain.

  • Worse pain during physical activity

Simple activities such as moving around or climbing the stairs can make migraines more severe.

  • Trouble speaking

Some migraine patients describe “blithering,” as if they are talking, but the wrong words come out. When this happens to you, it can be something severe like a stroke is about to occur. Please get immediate medical attention to be on the safe side.

  • Weakness on one side of the body

Some people may experience getting a limp arm or similar muscle weakness right before a migraine hits. Again, this could be a sign of a stroke. Please check with your doctor immediately.

  • Migraine hangover

When a migraine attack is over, sometimes some of the symptoms may persist and make you experience a migraine hangover. Its symptoms would include extreme fatigue, concentration problems, feeling weak, and being lightheaded until the body can fully recover.

 

Discover Your Specific Migraine Triggers

Here is another way of avoiding the pain of migraines. You will need to pay attention to what possibly triggers them in your particular case. Here are some of the top migraine triggers:

  • Stress
  • Menstruation due to a shift in hormone levels
  • Weather changes
  • Too much physical activity
  • Certain types of food, such as:
    • Alcohol
    • Chocolate
    • Nitrates and MSG
    • Caffeine – too little or too much
    • Nuts
    • Citrus fruit
    • Aged cheeses

You can also keep a personal migraine journal. You may start to see patterns developing that will help you recognize what your specific triggers are. These triggers are different for each individual. By identifying and avoiding them, you can prevent migraine attacks or lessen the severity when they do.

 

Taking Care Of Your Migraines The Conventional Way 

Migraines are often due to irregularities in the brain, muscles, blood flow, and nervous system problems. It would be extremely challenging to diagnose them and care for them. 

There are medications recommended by doctors, such as prescription painkillers and over-the-counter drugs. However, they only deal with specific symptoms and never deal with migraines as a whole. Therefore, medication only works short-term. Also, there are severe possible side effects of medication overuse. 

There is even a new drug. It’s a prescription gel containing the NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) called ketoprofen. This medicine can reduce pain intensity from migraines. It showed great promise. However, it also caused an unwanted gastrointestinal issue and other side effects. As a result, more and more patients seek a more natural approach without any severe side effects.

 

A Safe And Natural Solution to Migraine Pain

Upper cervical chiropractic care has seen much success in providing patients with long-term relief from migraine pain. Upper cervical chiropractors employ a unique method. They focus on helping patients deal with their health problems and symptoms by correcting any misalignments in the upper cervical spine or the neck. Doing so will restore the proper communication between the body and your brain. 

The brainstem is the central hub of information that connects all signals from the body that need to go to the brain and vice versa. A misalignment in the atlas or axis vertebra, the top two bones of the upper cervical spine, can make the brainstem malfunction. It is what causes migraine symptoms and other health issues to occur. 

Upper cervical chiropractors use only a precise and gentle approach. We use a highly accurate, safe, and very gentle technique that encourages the bones to move back to their correct positions. When the spine is correctly aligned, the body’s natural healing will kick in. 

Previous and existing patients who are getting upper cervical care experience longer-lasting pain relief from migraines and its associated symptoms. Some even experience complete resolution of their migraines.

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