Migraine headaches can be some of the worst pain you’ll ever deal with. In fact, migraines can be so debilitating that you don’t go to work or family functions. Sadly 1 out of 8 Americans suffer with migraine headaches.
What Are Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?
Migraine headaches are usually one-sided. The pain however can occur on both sides of the head. The pain may feel like it’s originating from your neck, and can radiate up to one or both sides of your head. Usually the migraine pain has an intense throbbing sensation that makes it feel as though your head is exploding with each heartbeat. Accompanying symptoms can include, blurry or altered vision, severe nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound (which is why oftentimes migraine patients seek the solace of a dark, quiet room). Associated symptoms can also include: odd visual sensations such as flickering of light, blind spots and tingling in the arms or legs. Usually, the odd visual sensations precede a migraine and are called an aura.
Phases of a Migraine
- Prodromal Phase – often occurs several hours or days before migraine begins. It can include unusual energy and excitability, thirst/hunger, cravings and increased sleep.
- Aura – begins hours or minutes before the migraine and can include the visual disturbances explained above including: flickering lights, visual hallucinations and even an area of lost vision. There can also be odd skin sensations, odd smells, confusion, language problems, and trouble concentrating. This is often very scary the first time it occurs. There is usually no head pain in this phase.
- Migraine Attack Phase – the migraine attack can last a few hours to several days. The pain can be so severe that it brings on vomiting and crying. See above for other symptoms.
- Post-Migraine Phase – patients often feel confused, tired, sluggish and will get increased pain in their heads if they bend over.
Choose a Chiropractor That Specializes in Migraine Headaches
Not all chiropractors know how to successfully manage migraine patients in their practice. I specialize in helping patients with migraine headaches. Why? Because I myself am a migraine sufferer, I understand the pain and agony of missing a family event, of staying all day in a dark room, of feeling guilty because I couldn’t give 100% of myself or my family. I have spent many years searching for the combination of things that a patient must do to properly manage migraine headaches. There is no cure for migraines, but with the right approach they can be managed in such a way as to reduce their frequency and severity.
Many patients try to treat their headache symptoms at home. Some over-the-counter pain relievers work, but they are not targeted at fixing the cause of the problem. There are also numerous triggers that can bring on a migraine. We will help you determine all of your triggers. At the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol, we help to properly diagnose the cause of your headaches and treat them naturally. If one of the doctors in my office thinks you need a referral for an MRI, x-rays or other specialist, you will be referred at the appropriate time.
In addition to treating you with spinal adjustments, nutrition and lifestyle changes, I highly recommend that you speak with a life coach who can help address the emotional component of your headaches. Without handling lingering issues and stress, there is no way to maintain or even achieve optimal health. I have personally worked with Dr Romie, a former successful neurologist who gave up her neurology practice to follow her passion as a doctor specializing in integrative medicine. For many of my patients, I recommend they speak with Dr Romie, as a life-coach who can help guide you on the right path to less stress, tension and emotional upset. This will help greatly with my treatment in helping your migraines and headaches.
When your spine is not functioning properly it can put pressure on your nervous system. This pressure can lead to a number of symptoms such as radiating pain from you neck to your head, headaches, and even migraines. Chiropractors find that chiropractic adjustments can have a significant impact on patients suffering with headaches, especially when the cause is cervicogenic; in other words coming from the neck. In many cases the problem can be completely eliminated with proper care and lifestyle advice.
If you are struggling with migraines or tension headaches please give Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol a call today at 860-583-4346. Our staff will work with you to understand what you’re feeling. From there we will develop a plan to help you get back to the life you should be living.
Headaches are not a normal part of life. Call today and take a step in the right direction.
By David Spitz D.C.
For more tips on reducing migraines, see my Tips to Relieve Migraines here.