A migraine is a neurological condition characterized by an intense, pounding headache. It often causes pulsating pain on one side of your head and other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Many people have their first experience with a migraine in adolescence. Most men overcome migraines with puberty, but women often find they stick around for decades.
However, it’s possible to start experiencing migraines up until age 40. After that, your risk of migraines declines.
Migraines can be debilitating and require different treatment than typical headaches. Because of that, our team at AllCare Chiropractic wants you to better understand migraines, including symptoms and treatment options, in case you develop them later in life.
When you have a migraine, you may experience symptoms in four stages: prodrome, aura, attack, and post-drome. Not everyone goes through all four stages.
A couple of days before you get the telltale headache, you might have symptoms such as constipation, mood changes, food cravings, or neck stiffness.
You can experience this phase right before or during the headache. An aura typically involves visual symptoms, although they can involve the other senses. Commonly reported symptoms include loss of vision, pins-and-needles sensations, or difficulty speaking.
The headache portion can last four hours to several days. You can get these several times a month. This phase is when you might experience nausea and vomiting along with the pulsating pain in your head.
After the headache goes away, you may feel worn out and irritable.
When to seek treatment
If you’ve struggled with headaches for much of your life, you might not realize you’re developing migraines. If you identify with any of the above symptoms and your headaches are debilitating, it might be time to seek medical help.
There’s no cure for migraines, but various treatments can reduce their frequency and severity.
One of the main things you can do is implement lifestyle changes. They include practicing healthy habits such as getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night, not skipping meals, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and staying at a healthy weight.
At our practice, we offer chiropractic care that involves techniques such as chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and rehab. These can address underlying neck stiffness that might trigger your migraines.
If you’re an adult and recently started getting migraines, don’t wait to seek treatment. To get the relief you need, call the nearest office or book your appointment online today.