The migraine headache is perhaps the best known special type of headache. It is really called the migraine syndrome. By syndrome we mean that a lot of things accompany the headache-all of them bad. Symptoms include dizziness, visual problems, “spots” before the eyes, redness, swelling, tearing of the eyes, muscle contraction, irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. These symptoms often arise before the headache hits. The headache itself may last for a few minutes to a few days, and the severity may range from minor discomfort to immobilizing agony.
Migraine headaches can be classified into two types: classical and common. The classical migraine is a headache that follows and aura or some type of spontaneous event such as numbness or tingling. The aura may be flashes of light, squiggly lines, or a halo effect. The common migraine does not have an aura associated with it. Most people who suffer from migraines suffer from common migraines-usually at a 3:1 ratio.
Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraines, and millions go without treatment. Scientists once thought migraines were caused by abnormally dilated or enlarged blood vessels. Now, new imaging devices have allowed them to watch brains during migraine attacks, and scientists are discovering that sufferers have abnormally excitable neurons or brain nerve cells.
I take a different approach to the treatment and prevention of headaches and migraines. We treat you not only physically, but neurologically and metabolically as well!! This is because headaches can be caused from a combination of things you may not have considered including a lack of oxygen to the brain, low blood sugar, malfunctioning thyroid or overworked adrenals to name a few. Everything needs to be evaluated in order to determine to cause of your headaches. After a thorough neurological examination and metabolic evaluation, we can see what is the root cause of the headaches. Once this is determined, treatment and relief can begin!
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