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Posted on 05-02-2017

Nagging Migraines

If you're reading this, chances are that you or someone you know suffers from migraines. Take comfort in knowing that you're not alone!   Migraines affect more than 24 million Americans each year.  

What are the different types of migraines?

There are multiple types of migraines.  With a common migraine, (which is about 80% of migraine headaches) there isn’t an aura (or a visual disturbance) before the migraine comes on.  A person suffering from a classic migraine experiences an aura (the warning sign) before the migraine comes on.  Classic migraines are usually much more severe.

Common symptoms of a Classic Migraine include visual changes, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, throbbing pain often limited to one side of the head and many others.  This often leads to one wanting to hide in a quiet dark room until the throbbing pain lessens.

Do I miss out on life due to my migraines?

Migraines can cause you to miss work, miss time with your family and friends and get in the way of living your life and doing the things you want to do.   These are memories that we can not get back, once they have passed.   What kind of quality of life do you have if you are unable to do the things you love to do?

Why do I get migraines?

Now that is a loaded question! There are so many variables in this question!  Most people don’t know why they get migraine headaches but there are various reasons.  For some people, it may be due to something they eat; such as chocolate, MSG or even alcohol.   Some people are just sensitive to different scents; whether flowery, woodsy, or just straight perfumey.  

Then you have those that think “well I am going to just skip breakfast,” which can lead to a late morning migraine, commonly around 10:30 am.  Is this migraine headache just due to starving the body, dehydration, and/or low blood sugars?  Would the easy solution be to just grab a little breakfast to prevent this nagging migraine?

If someone is experiencing higher than normal stress, this can lead to a migraine headache.  Whether the stress is emotional, financial or work related, stress can hinder the body in many ways.  One being, migraine headaches tighten and tense the muscles in the body, causing an inability to sleep.  

So, what do you do when you have a migraine?

Most people take some sort of pain reliever or powerful prescription drug specific for migraine headaches.  This prescription drug for migraines typically knocks you out for a few hours to get rid of the headache.  When you wake up, it may be hanging on just a little bit, or it could be completely gone.  Some of you miss work or miss your child’s school functions until the migraine starts to pass.  Some of you seek out alternative therapies like massage, chiropractic and acupuncture

Wait!  Did you say Chiropractic can help?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care has helped many of people have fewer migraines and sometimes even eliminate migraines all together.  Upper Cervical Care is a type of treatment which involves realigning the top of the neck and head to its normal position increasing communication within the nervous system.  This requires no popping or twisting to the neck or back.

The head and neck go out of balance or out of whack usually because of accidents, falls, injuries and normal wear and tear.  Some of the injuries are simple bumps on the head, sports injuries, car accidents.  When this happens, many people report pain or tension in the neck that lead to migraine headaches

Many of our patients say things like, “no more migraines” or “I haven’t missed a day of work because of migraines all year” and “I can’t remember the last time I felt this good”.  

For you; does it feel like your migraines have been there all your life or should we say FOREVER!  Fortunately, there are many ways to treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes.  NUCCA Chiropractic care can help these symptoms relating to neck pain and stiffness.  Keep in mind, chiropractic targets the cause of the pain and helps in turning the system back on for optimal function as a whole.  If you would like help with migraine headaches, please call to schedule a new patient appointment at (702) 433-8333.

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