Migraines and headaches are not the same thing. Migraines are actually a neurological disorder. The severe head pain is just one of the common symptoms of a migraine. Unfortunately, because of the head pain, most health professionals just treat migraines like any other headache and encourage the patient to take pain medicine, either over-the-counter or prescription. All this does is provide temporary relief and gloss over the underlying problem.
We’re going to look at a few different types of migraines. Some of these are categorized by their symptoms, and others by the underlying cause. Then we will discuss a natural way to seek help.
Types of Migraines
Menstrual Migraine – Women may experience more frequent or severe migraines at different times in their menstrual cycle. Menopause may also trigger more migraine attacks. This shows a link between migraine occurrence and female hormone levels.
Chronic Migraines – This refers to the chronic frequency of migraine attacks. A person has to deal with migraines more than 15 days out of the month for the condition to be classified as chronic.
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Status Migrainosus – This is a rare migraine condition that can consist of attacks that are several days long. These severe migraines result in extreme nausea and vomiting. Patients are often hospitalized to receive fluids by IV so as to avoid dehydration.
Abdominal Migraine – These migraines are characterized by nausea, vomiting, flushing, and clumsiness. Children are more likely to have this type of a migraine.
Getting help for Migraines
Migraines often see their genesis in the upper cervical spine. Even a slightly misaligned C1 or C2 can create the right conditions for a migraine to occur. This is because a misalignment here can restrict proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain, and it can also put pressure on the brainstem. Correcting the misalignment can often remove the pressure and restore proper drainage. As a result, a person may have fewer or less severe migraines, and perhaps no more migraines at all.
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