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Migraine Headaches

Posted: December 12, 2015
By: Dr. Craig Hensley

     Anyone who has had a migraine headache knows the true meaning of pain .  A migraine headache can put a person in bed with pain for hours and sometimes days.   Migraine headaches affect a person’s quality of life and they can even lead to depression if the patient can not find relief.  Anyone who suffers from these headaches needs to ask three questions:  What are migraines? What causes these headaches? And what can I do for these headaches?

     To begin with, what are migraines?  There are two types of migraines, classic and common.  A classic migraine is preceded by an aura.  An aura is any type of visual change that comes before the headache.  Typically the patient will see flashing lights or have blurred vision for about thirty minutes and then a debilitating headache will occur.  A common migraine does not have an aura associated with it.  There is no warning sign to a common migraine.  Both types of headaches will have unilateral throbbing pain that can last from four hours to three days.  These headaches can also cause vomiting and nausea.  Migraines will send the patient to a quiet, dark room for the duration of the headache.

     Migraines are caused by a problem with the nerves of the upper neck and head.  The abnormal nerve function cause severe pain.  Migraines can be triggered by a number of things.  These include stress, exercise, bright lights, aggravating smells, hormonal changes, environmental changes, changes in the weather, and certain foods.  Foods include caffeine, chocolate, high fructose corn syrup, certain types of cheese, nitrates, and certain wines.  Triggers will vary person to person.  

    Finally, what can be done for these headaches?  Keep a headache diary to track when the headaches began, what you were doing at the time, and how long they last.  The more detailed the diary is the more likely triggers can be determined.  All triggers should be avoided.  When a headache begins it is best to find a cool, quiet, and dark room to lie down in until the pain subsides.   One of the best ways to take care of migraines is chiropractic care.  Scientific specific chiropractic adjustments restore the proper function to the nerves of the head and neck.  Chiropractic care will help to decrease the symptoms of a migraine as well as decrease the strength, and frequency of headaches.

    I understand migraine suffers because I have them myself.  I have dealt with these headaches since childhood.  Chiropractic care was the only thing that helped me.  When my headaches were at the very worst, I would have at least four headaches a week.  Through regular chiropractic adjustments my headaches are manageable and only occur once few three months.  If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, or any headaches, call 336-904-0752 to make an appointment at Triad Family Chiropractic today.  For a migraine suffer it may be one of the most important calls you ever make.