A migraine is a severe headache that can be accompanied by sensory warning signs such as light or noise sensitivity, with neck pain or back pain often marking the beginning of an attack. Many people continue suffering for months and even years without realising that what they are going through is not an ordinary headache.
So, the first thing that comes to mind is – what really is a migraine?
A migraine is when the moderate pain of a constant headache gradually shifts to severe pain, normally of a sharp, throbbing or pulsating sensation. These painful pulsations are caused by the substances released due to constriction and dilation. The headaches are frequently accompanied by nausea, which may lead to vomiting or you may start to lose your appetite. Certain triggers for migraines may include menstruation, stress, tiredness or even particular foods.
Though the symptoms can vary from person to person, the aforementioned signs are usually a good indication that you are most likely suffering from a migraine. Chiropractic treatment is known to be helpful in 90% of such cases. This treatment is also known to help with cases of sciatica, or what is commonly known as a pinched nerve.
A migraine comprises of four stages, and not every migraine sufferer will experience them all:
- Prodrome: This phase will start hours prior to an attack and can last up to a day until an actual migraine headache begins. The symptoms include irritability, depression, yawning or nausea. These are all warning signs that an attack may be coming soon.
- Aura: The second stage, aura, can last anywhere between five minutes and a whole hour. The signs of this stage include visual disturbances, temporary loss of sight or numbness.
- Attack: The migraine attack comes just after the phase of aura, and lasts anywhere between four hours to 72 hours. It can be accompanied by punishing light sensitivity, nausea or sensitivity to noise.
- Postdrome: This final phase is unfortunately no less painful. If the pain is dismissed, it might take from 24 to 48 hours to start feeling fully recovered. Migraine sufferers often complain about feeling fatigued or not being able to focus during this phase.
Migraines can become quite devastating. As such, it is highly important to acknowledge whether that ‘regular headache’ that keeps bothering you is actually a migraine.
Migraine treatment aims to provide relief from the pain as soon as possible. Since this condition cannot be immediately treated, it is advised to take little steps like posture correction, stress management and regular exercise. These can all help to strengthen the spine and boost energy. Certain foods can also be avoided as a means of combatting migraines. Additionally, simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be helpful, as long as they are taken in moderation.
Unfortunately, there’s no permanent solution to migraines, which is why treatment is so important. Since no two patients are ever the same, it is worthwhile to continue looking out for ways on how to reduce stress in order to find the best solution for you. Have patience and don’t let this condition affect the quality of your personal and professional life.