Migraines are very common with about 12% of adults experiencing them. Some symptoms can overlap between a common migraine and a stroke (which calls for emergency medical attention). How can you tell the difference quickly enough to get the help a person needs? What you read here may save a life.
Identifying the Symptoms of Migraines and Stroke
A stroke occurs when blood flow is blocked to part of the brain. If oxygen is not restored quickly, these brain cells can die. Since you need to react FAST to a stroke, it makes the ideal acronym. Here are the three things to look for and the response.
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech slurred
- Time to dial 9-1-1
Remember too that while a migraine may gradually present with a severe headache, blurred vision, and balance problems, the symptoms will strike quickly when a stroke happens. Migraines tend to ramp up gradually over the course of hours, not seconds.
Migraine symptoms also include:
- Pulsing or throbbing headache
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or vertigo
Some migraines can also cause muscle weakness, disorientation, and difficulty speaking, but symptoms tend to come on gradually.
Finding Natural Help for Migraines
While not an emergency situation like stroke, migraines are still something that needs to be taken care of so that the condition does not become chronic. Upper cervical chiropractors are helping many to find relief. How does this specific form of chiropractic help?
An upper cervical chiropractor focuses on the top two bones of the spine. These vertebrae protect the sensitive area where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. A misalignment can affect cerebrospinal fluid drainage, blood flow to the brain, and brainstem function. These are all related to migraines.
When the specific misalignment is corrected with a precise and gentle adjustment, many patients find that this helps with the frequency and severity of migraines. Some even find complete relief.
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