Migraine is one of the types of headache disorder. It is characterized by headaches that are moderate to severe.
It usually affects one side of head and /or face. It can last from 2 hours to 3 days.
It can be caused by wise array of things or situations. Food things like pickles,onion, caffeine (intake or withdrawal),cheese,soy sauce, beans ,Msg and so many other things .
Situations that migraine causes can precipitate an attack are many too. Stress, sunshine, loud noise, fatigue, weather changes, specific perfumes, staying hungry etc .
The symptoms of Migraine are very peculiar. However, there may be an overlap with other type of disorders. The following list is capturing some of the commonly reported migraine symptoms
Throbbing pain on one side of head associated with trouble with light or sound or blurring of vision , sensitivity to flashing lights .
Some people get extreme pressure or throbbing behind eyes .Vomitting,stomach pain ,Diarrhea,neck pain,neck stiffness, tight band around head Mood swings,irritability , feeling hot and cold in cycles, and many more
The treatment options for Migraine are aimed at helping to stop the symptoms and to prevent the future attacks.
There are different types of medicines that can be prescribed to treat Migraines. Broadly speaking your doctor will give you either an abortive
(pain relieving medicines to stop the headache) medicine or the preventive medicine if there are too many episodes of pain .
The earlier ones are to be taken only during a migraine attack whereas preventive are to be taken regularly often on a daily basis. The regular muscle pain medicines purchased from the chemists do little to relieve the migraine pain.
Many alternative medicine therapies like Acupuncture,Biofeedback,Massage therapy,Cognitive Behavior therapy etc
may be useful for some patients of chronic migraine .
Lifestyle modifications are relevant for individuals once they identify there triggers and make work around them. Regular Exercises though do not bring significant reduction in the migraine headache attacks or duration but they do help reduce the intensity of the pain.
No, Migraine is one of the types of headache
Some headache patients suffer from different forms of headaches. Each type of headache has different symptoms and should be treated in different ways.
As There are many different forms of headache, these are often confused for one another. A common practice is to consider all the different types of headaches as migraine.
Please share your detailed history with your Dr as the migraine symptoms and treatments differ depending on the type of headache.
Sayali Shah presented to our center with headaches and after detailed evaluation was diagnosed with three types of headaches. Chronic Migraine , Hemicranial Continua and TMJ headaches . To provide complete cure the doctor had to/ Dr Sood treat all of them.
Here’s what she had to say after 4 months of migraine treatment.
B.D.S, M.D.S (USA)
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