How Do You Know If You Are Having A Migraine?

headacheDo you have a chronic headache and ever wonder if it is really a migraine? Is it possible what you think is a normal headache could be something more serious? There are so many different types of headaches out there. Migraines can be easily confused for something else.

What are the common signs of a migraine headache?

  1. One of the most common signs of a migraine is a pulsating pain. This pain can also be described as throbbing, pumping or pounding.
  2. Another very common migraine sign is that the pain is only on one side of the head. It can be on any side of the head. A headache that is on both sides of the head is something else called a tension headache.
  3. The pain is generally moderate to severe in nature. In other words, the pain is bad enough to interfere with your daily activities.
  4. Many people experience an aura which are visual disturbances like blinking lights, spots or lines for about 5 to 20 minutes or so. People can generally feel an aura come on before an actual migraine happens. However, auras do not always have to happen to have a migraine.
  5. You must have at least one of the following to have a migraine:
    1. Nausea
    2. Vomiting
    3. Sensitive to light
    4. Sensitive to sound


What should you do if you have a migraine headache?

Most people get prescribed medications like strong painkillers to deal with the migraine. The lucky ones can track down what is triggering the headache like caffeine, tobacco, alcohol or some kind of dietary or even an environmental cause. Relaxation, avoiding stress or regular sleep, meals and exercise can also help with migraine headaches.

None of those treatments address a very common cause of these severe headaches which is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. That area is located at the top of the neck and protects the brain stem. Dysfunction of this important part of the spine can create all of these neurological issues.

Specialized upper cervical Chiropractors are trained on how to check to see if there is a problem and restore function to this important part of the spine. Patients have found that once the structure of this area has been returned to normal; the symptoms and pain associated with migraines headaches go away — a common side effect of impeccable upper cervical chiropractic care.

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