How Do You Get Relief from Severe Migraines?

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Hemiplegic Migraines and Aura

There is a new type of migraine in town. Okay, it’s not new, and it’s not necessarily in town. But this type of disabling neurological disorder, known as a Hemiplegic Migraines is a type of migraine with aura that causes vertigo, nausea, confusion, loss of balance, and more.

For those who suffer from Hemiplegic Migraines, the aura they often experience includes symptoms not often experienced with migraines with aura. Those include muscle weakness and paralysis that is so severe that it causes a stroke-like paralysis called Hemiplegia (a type of paralysis that only affects one side of the body).

Often times, symptoms of this type of migraine, which may include month long battles with paralysis and extreme pain, begin in childhood and sometimes disappear in adulthood. Though, it cannot be assumed that just because a person does not deal with paralysis or extreme muscle weakness that they do not deal with this type of neurological disorder.

Among other symptoms, a person may suffer from the following:

Symptoms of Hemiplegic Migraines

  • A severe and throbbing pain often felt on one side of the head

  • The feeling of pins and needles that often moves from the hand up through the arm

  • A numbing feeling on one side of the body, which can include the arm, leg, and/or one side of the face

  • Visual disturbances, including zigzag lines, double vision, or blind spots

  • Difficulty with language (mixing words or trouble remembering a word)

  • Slurred speech

  • Dizziness or Vertigo

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell

  • Confusion

  • Decreased consciousness

  • Coma


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Hemiplegic Migraines and the Upper Cervical Spine

For many of those who suffer from this type of neurological disorder, the key to overcoming this debilitating pain, in whatever form it comes, is to restore the body’s communication system. Our bodies communicate through our nervous system which contains her brain, spinal cord and the nerves that cannot from it. Since the brain is not able to communicate with the body properly when the upper cervical spine is out of alignment by only ¼ of a millimeter, that restoration process starts by realigning the upper neck vertebrae.

That restoration process begins with entrusting yourself to the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, so they can examine your upper neck vertebrae and correct any misalignments to your upper cervical spine. Once your upper neck vertebrae is realigned, the communication process between the brain and the body will restore itself and your body’s healing process can begin.

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Seizure, Ataxia, Fatigue, Strabismus and Migraine Resolved by Precise Realignment of the First Cervical Vertebra: A Case Report Roy Sweat DC, BCAO & Tyson Pottenger DC

Journal of upper cervical chiropractic research March 12, 2012