Thought your Chronic Migraine was Just a Headache?

July 25, 2014

Don’t feel bad if you spent the past couple of decades not realizing you had chronic migraines! Many people battle migraines over a lifetime, and never realize they have this disabling neurological malady. If you still aren’t sure, but suspect it might be time to see a migraine specialist about a neurostimulation procedure that could put an end to your pain, look out for some of these common signs of migraine according to WebMD:

  • Migraine pain characteristics:
    • Throbbing forehead, temple or eye pain
    • Worse on one side
    • Serious enough to interfere with basic activities
    • Lasting between 4 hours and up to 3 days
  • Other migraine symptoms:
    • Nausea
    • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Signs of approaching migraine attack:
    • Aura – Occurs in 20 per cent of migraine sufferers 20 minutes to an hour before pain onset. It may involve seeing flashing lights, jagged lines or blurry vision.
    • Prodrome – This phase can start up to 24 hours before pain arrives. It may include mood changes (irritability or depression); sensory changes (taste or smell); or fatigue.
  • Sensory Triggers can set off headaches and chronic migraine:
    • Flashing or flickering lights (reflections on bright surfaces; camera flashes; media images etc.)
    • Emotional stress or anxiety
    • Sleep, water or food deprivation (leading to low blood sugar)
    • Hormone changes in women (when estrogen levels are low during the menstrual cycle)
    • Foods containing certain substances like MSG, nitrates and tyramine have been reported by many migraine sufferers to trigger headaches
    • Caffeine – when it isn’t being pointed to as a migraine trigger, many people find that in moderation it can be used to treat a headache when combined with pain medication

After reviewing these signs, you may be convinced that your headache condition is in fact chronic migraine. To be sure, if you haven’t  already been tracking your triggers, symptoms and response to treatments, by all means begin doing so now! The next step is to schedule that appointment with a migraine specialist and learn more about whether you might qualify for the Omega migraine procedure, which uses neurostimulation to treat pain that isn’t treatable with medication.

 

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