chronic-migraines-and-other-migraine-typesHere in our migraine chiropractic clinic in Morgantown, West Virginia, we aim to deliver accurate information to people about migraines. Those who have suffered from migraines before know how debilitating and scary they can be. Unlike what most people believe, migraines are not just terrible headaches. Rather, they have neurological root causes. Although a headache is one of the major symptoms of a migraine, it does not necessarily need to be present when a migraine occurs. 

Migraines are one of the most incapacitating illnesses in the world, with 90 percent of people who suffer from them being unable to perform basic daily tasks, go to school or work, or do anything other than lie down and rest until a migraine attack dissipates. Migraine attacks can last from 4 to 72 hours, and they often involve depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. More than 2 out of 10 people who suffer from chronic migraines are disabled. What are chronic migraines?

What Are Chronic Migraines?

To get a chronic migraine diagnosis, you have to experience migraines for more than 15 days in a month for at least three months in a row. People who suffer from chronic migraines are more likely to have the following conditions in comparison to those who suffer from acute migraines:

Other Types of Migraines

Listed below are the other types of migraines.

Acute Migraines

Acute migraines are migraines that are not chronic and may be referred to as episodic migraines as they happen every once in a while. Acute migraines occur less than 14 days in a month.

Acephalgic Migraines 

They are also called silent migraines, aura without headache, migraines without headache, or visual migraines without headache. Acephalgic migraines are migraines that come with an aura but are not followed by a headache. People who begin to have migraines after the age of 40 often experience acephalgic migraines, and they commonly include visual symptoms. When you experience acephalgic migraines, you may feel numb, weak, have issues with speech, and be unable to move your body normally. You may also experience an aura that gradually happens over several minutes and moves from one symptom to another. 

Complex Migraines

These are not just headaches, and the term is often used to describe migraines generally. However, this is not a precise way to put it. Some people use this term to describe migraines that come with auras and symptoms of stroke, such as the following: 

Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual migraines are prevalent in as many as 60 percent of women with migraines. This may or may not include an aura, and usually happens during ovulation or before, during, and after menstruation. Research has shown that menstrual migraines are more severe, involve more nausea, and last longer than migraines not associated with menstruation. These migraines are brought about by hormonal level changes.

Optical Migraines

This rare type of migraine is also known as eye migraines, ocular migraines, ophthalmic migraines, monocular migraines, and retinal migraines, and it usually comes with an aura. The International Headache Society defines optical migraines as attacks on only one eye caused by temporary vision problems that are fully reversible. Symptoms may include the following:

Exercise or exhaustion can trigger this type of migraine. About an hour before the headache starts, you will start experiencing problems with your vision. You might experience little to no pain at all in some optical migraines. Most people who have optical migraines also have had another type of migraine in the past. 

Stress Migraines

Although the International Headache Society does not recognize this migraine type, it is essential to recognize that stress can be a big trigger for migraines. Stress brings about tension headaches, and they may get worse and evolve into migraines when the stress becomes consistent. Practicing activities that reduce stress can help improve these migraines. 

Vestibular Migraines

Vestibular migraines are also known as migraine-associated vertigo. Around 40 percent of people with migraines also have some form of vestibular symptom, which causes feelings of dizziness as if you or your environment is spinning. For this type and other types of migraines, we recommend that you visit a neurologist. The medication for this and the other migraine types are often the same. Different things may trigger vestibular migraines. Thus, you may be able to improve your symptoms by identifying and avoiding your triggers. To do this, using a migraine diary might help. You should also see a vestibular rehabilitation therapist. They will teach you exercises that will help when your dizziness and other symptoms become too severe. 

An Effective Natural Treatment for Migraines

Studies have shown a connection between migraines and history of head and neck injuries. Accidents, injuries, and any form of trauma to the head and neck can cause the upper cervical spine to misalign. 

The top bones of the upper cervical spine – the C1 and C2 vertebrae – have the important role of protecting the brainstem. It is the communication highway of the body, as this part regulates processes in the body. If the bones that support the brainstem misalign, a lot of problems can happen. 

Naturally correcting this misalignment using gentle methods can restore the communication between the brainstem and the body and relieve the symptoms of migraines. You can begin to feel the effects or the improvement of your condition in as few as one to two visits to an upper cervical chiropractor. Visit us here at Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia to have your upper cervical spine checked and see what we can do to relieve your migraines.

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A common misunderstanding about migraines is that they are just a severe form of a headache. They are actually a neurological condition, meaning that they have a physiologic impact on the brain. Here are a few of the more commonly experienced symptoms:

Other Painful Types of Headaches

Another headache type that can be debilitating is cluster headaches. This type of headache affects one side of the head repeatedly and in clusters (episodes that occur within a time span of a few hours or days). The experience is similar to that of drilling on the head, and thankfully they are fairly rare.

The most common type of headache is a tension headache, which occurs when the muscles of the scalp, face, and neck are contracted because of stress.

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How to Treat Your Migraines

The recommended treatment for migraines from a family doctor is usually a type of drug called triptans – one of the most commonly prescribed medications for migraines. Listed below are the names of prescriptions under that description:

It’s true that these medications have been proven to work well at providing relief; however, they also include unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects.

Other suggestions for managing migraines include the following:

Here are a few common migraine triggers:

The best way to find out what your migraine triggers are is to keep a journal where you list smells, visual stimulants, stressful situations, foods you eat, and what was happening during your migraine onset. This can help you make connections with certain stimuli that are possibly triggering your migraines. Other things to include in the journal may be stress levels, weather conditions, and activities you were involved in. Once you have found a few of your triggers, you can practice avoiding them as best as possible and hopefully experience a decrease in migraine onset.

Migraines with an Aura

Some people have a specific warning sign that comes on before the pain of a migraine. This can range from a blind spot in one eye to flashing lights to numbness or weakness on one side of the body. It can last several minutes and usually goes away as the head pain begins. Sometimes it lasts the duration of a migraine. These symptoms often mimic the symptoms of a stroke.

The 4 Phases of Migraines

There are typically four phases of migraines, although not everyone experiences all four.

Help for Migraines from a Natural Source

While it is true that migraines can be caused by a misalignment of the neck bones, the promising news is that there is a natural, pain-free and safe way to correct this problem and even get immediate relief from migraines. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in the knowledge and adjustment methods that are most effective for the top two bones of the spine. This is where the brainstem is located, which means that problems in the alignment of these bones can result in the sending of inaccurate message to and from the brain. It can also disrupt blood flow and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This makes a perfect situation for migraines to develop.

In our chiropractic office, we use gentle, precise adjustment methods that deliver healing results. Rather than using strong force, we are able to encourage the bones to return to their proper alignment through a comfortable adjustment technique. Returning the upper cervical bones to their correct alignment also restores the proper communication between the brain and body. For many of our patients, we find that correcting the spinal alignment results in a decrease of migraine frequency and severity. Some patients are completely relieved of their migraines. If these results interest you and you would like to know more about how we can help you with your current condition, please contact our office.

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A migraine is one of the most common headache types. They are disabling and often happen repeatedly. Migraines are moderate to severe in intensity and are known for throbbing and pounding head pain. In two-thirds of the cases, they are only on one side of the head. Migraines may be felt anywhere on the head, face, and neck. They are associated with sensitivity to certain odors, sound, and light. Nausea is very commonly seen, along with vomiting in some cases. This often gets worse when you move, resulting in having to lie still until a migraine passes. They have often been compared to alcohol-related hangovers.

When migraine pain is felt in the face, it can be mistaken for sinus pressure. If it is felt in the neck, you may think it is a flare-up of arthritis or a muscle spasm. Sometimes a migraine is accompanied by watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, and a sense of pressure in the face. This leads to many people thinking they have a sinus headache when it is actually a migraine.

As many as 25 percent of people with migraines have what is called an aura happen before a migraine. This is a temporary neurological syndrome that slowly progresses and then stops as quickly as it starts. The most common auras are visual disturbances: zig-zag lines, flashing lights, or blind spots. Some people have numbness, confusion, trouble speaking, vertigo, and similar stroke-like symptoms. You may have an aura and no head pain that follows.

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Migraine Myths

Many people who suffer from migraine headaches feel as if no one really understands them. Here are a few common myths about migraines that will hopefully help your friends and family understand you better.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractors Can Help with Migraines

Migraines have been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to misaligning due to their shape and mobility. Anything from a simple trip and fall to a serious car wreck can be to blame for a misalignment. These bones lie in the same area as the brainstem. If they misalign, a number of things can take place. They can put undue pressure on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. Another problem that may occur is these bones can act as a type of blockage hindering the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow from leaving and entering the brain. This is the perfect scenario for migraines to occur.

In order to realign these bones, we use a gentle method that does not require us to pop or crack the spine or neck. Rather, we encourage the bones to move back into place on their own. Once corrected, healing can take place and blood flow can be stabilized again. This leads to many patients seeing an improvement in the frequency and severity of migraines. Some see them go away entirely.

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefA migraine is not just a bad headache.  It is usually a combination of other symptoms that add up to an episode that can last from hours to days.  Along with a throbbing headache, migraine sufferers can also experience nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, mood changes, cognitive dysfunction and more.  Migraines most commonly arise during puberty or young adulthood and recur every so often.  Most people know that migraines can take a person out of commission for a few hours, but few realize just how disabling they can be.  The following facts and figures are meant to shed some light on an extremely common and debilitating condition.

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What is Causing my Migraines?

Although much research is being done and information continues to evolve, migraine still remains a relatively poorly understood condition.  Because of this, it can go undiagnosed and undertreated in many people.  In the United States alone there are only 500 headache specialists to serve 38 million migraine sufferers.  Migraines are thought to be neurologically-based headaches, meaning that migraine sufferers might have certain changes within their central nervous system that makes them more susceptible to developing migraine attacks.  Other known triggers include lack of sleep, changes in weather, certain foods (such as aged cheeses or meats), red wine, and stress.  There may also be a genetic component – more than half of people who have migraines have a parent or other close relative who also suffers from them.

Since medication overuse is one of the more common reasons why migraines become chronic, more people are seeking out natural alternatives to try and halt migraine episodes in their tracks.  Many migraine sufferers are finding success with upper cervical chiropractic care.  Outcomes range from a reduction in the severity of attacks, less frequent attacks, and a complete disappearance of migraines altogether.

What Makes the Upper Cervical Approach Different?

What all of this adds up to for migraine sufferers is an approach that has the potential to address the underlying cause of your condition.  Restoring normal upper cervical spinal alignment can correct blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow issues and can normalize brainstem function.  For many migraine sufferers, this has led to natural and long-lasting relief or even complete remission of their symptoms.

 

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/migraines

http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefHeadaches and migraines are known for bringing tension and pain to the head and neck. In fact, there is a common type of a headache called a tension headache. When you are experiencing a headache or a migraine, it usually has to do with tightness in the muscles of the neck and the improper flow of blood to the brain.

Understanding Migraines

As many as 12% of the population suffers from migraines. Migraines include such symptoms as:

Migraines can be very difficult to care for, leaving doctors and patients both frustrated and searching for answers. Each migraine is as unique as the person coping with it. Those in the medical field often cannot agree on how best to care for this painful condition. This leaves patients hoping for alternative ways to help their pain.

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How Muscles Impact Migraines

When looking at migraines, one area that seems to be overlooked, according to a doctor from Tufts University, is how the muscular structure of the neck influences migraines. If your muscles become tensed up, it may lead to dilation of the blood vessels, a reason for migraines to occur. This doctor recommends using Botox in order to shut down the muscles of the neck. This has been seen to give some relief, but it is temporary at best. A much better approach is to address the underlying cause of the muscle tension. But what is it?

Natural Relief for Migraines

Most people are trending toward more natural care for their migraines. Here at Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, we understand the way that muscle tension affects the blood vessels in the brain. Our focus is on making sure the top bone of the neck is in proper alignment. A misalignment here affects the muscles of the entire neck, even causing one side of the neck to be tighter than the other. Using a gentle method, we help realign the atlas bone, helping our patients with migraines get some well-needed relief.

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines remain a bit of a mystery among medical professionals. As one doctor put it: “They aren’t supposed to happen.” However, research is helping to reveal what is to blame for causing migraines. A connection has been seen between migraines and improper communication between the brain and body.

The brainstem is the communication superhighway of the body. Therefore, it would make sense that it may not be functioning at its best if migraines occur. A misalignment in the bones of the upper neck – the upper cervical spine – can stress the brainstem and hinder signals coming from it, leading to an improper flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood.

The Research About Migraines

Studies observed 2 people who suffered from migraines due to previous whiplash injuries. They went through some testing involving an upright MRI machine, and it was revealed they both had a misaligned atlas bone (the top bone of the neck). It was also discovered they had a decreased flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow due to the pressure the misalignment was exerting on the brainstem.

Each patient got an adjustment from an upper cervical chiropractor to correct the atlas misalignment. Upon the next scan, it was reported that the cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow were back in normal ranges. This was after just one adjustment. The patients said their migraines were now gone.

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More research has been observed that reveals this type of misalignment also creates an interference in the spinal column leading to such things as:

Upper Cervical Care for Migraines

Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, offers a gentle, effective method to help realign the atlas. We do not pop or force the spine, but the method used allows the bones to move naturally back into place, thereby restoring cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. This is often all that is needed to see fewer migraines. Some people see them go away and not return.

 

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a debilitating condition that leaves the sufferer weak and exhausted. In rare cases, they may be followed by an epileptic seizure. This is referred to as migralepsy. There is much uncertainty about whether a migraine is a trigger for the seizure or the seizure brings about a migraine. Here is a list of common symptoms that accompany an attack of migralepsy:

Migralepsy is a neurological issue, and the side effects that happen afterward are very similar to an aura that can occur before a migraine. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to determine whether one is suffering from a seizure or a migraine.  A migraine is also neurological in nature and has head pain as one of its major symptoms. A person may actually be experiencing what is called an occipital seizure. This would be in line with another symptom of a migraine—visual disturbances. An occipital seizure originates in the occipital lobe of the brain causing issues with the way a person sees.
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Is There Hope for Those Dealing with Migralepsy?

If one experiences occipital seizures, migraines, migralepsy, or epilepsy, the good news is that there is help available. Finding a professional who understands how the body functions and how to help a person having these problems is of vital importance. At Mountain State Wellness, we understand the link between the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine and the elimination of many neurological symptoms.

It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to put enough pressure on the brainstem so that it does not send proper signals to the brain and body. Using a gentle method, we are able to move the bones back into normal position and restore the communication issues in the body. This often helps conditions like migraines and epilepsy. It may even help them to go away completely. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefWhether a person has had one or more than one migraine, he or she might live in dread of when the next one may hit. Migraines are a very common problem, affecting nearly half of all adults. The exact cause of migraines has not been discovered, making diagnosing the condition quite difficult. This leaves sufferers un  able to know how best to deal with their pain.

Although why migraines occur remains a mystery, one thing that is known is that there is a link between them and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. The brainstem is located in the area of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These bones have the job of protecting the brainstem. However, if they become misaligned due to trauma to the head or neck, they can actually place stress or pressure on the brainstem causing it to malfunction. Blood flow to and from the brain may be compromised leading to a reduction in oxygen levels in the brain. Communication is also hindered. This is often the underlying cause of migraines and other serious health problems. Is there anything that can be done or does one just have to cope with the debilitating pain of migraines?

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A Natural Solution for Migraines in Morgantown, West Virginia

One area that has seen much success in caring for migraines is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Mountain State Wellness, we focus on making sure the C1 and C2 are in proper alignment. We use specific x-rays to determine exactly where the problem lies. We can then develop a care plan with each patient that allows us to work at realigning the bones.

The method we use, NUCCA, is very gentle and does not require popping or forcing the spine into place. Rather, a low force correction to a specific area of the neck is all that is needed to encourage the bones to move back into their original position. Many patients, including those in case studies, have reported seeing a huge improvement in migraine pain after just one or two visits.
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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefIf you are suffering from headaches, one important factor in finding relief is considering how the headaches began. For example, you may have a history of head or neck trauma involving a whiplash-type injury. As a result, chronic headaches can set in. How does whiplash occur?

Causes of Whiplash Injuries that May Lead to Headaches

Any time the head is slung forward and backward or side to side too quickly, whiplash can occur. The head does not need to be struck. If the head moves fast enough for the brain to hit the skull, a concussion can also result. Thus, any whiplash injury may also have caused a concussion.

The following are common causes of whiplash:

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What Causes the Headaches?

Why do many people begin to suffer from headaches after a neck injury? The problem often begins with a misalignment of the top bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. An upper cervical evaluation can quickly reveal if such a misalignment has occurred.

 

Even a 0.25mm misalignment of these bones can result in complications such as reduced blood flow to the brain, pooling cerebrospinal fluid, or pressure on the brainstem. Any of these issues can result in headaches. Thus, correcting the misalignment may be the first step in finding long-term headache relief.
If you are experiencing headaches following a whiplash-type injury such as those noted above, come see us at Mountain State Wellness for an evaluation. We use a gentle method called NUCCA to identify and correct misalignments of the C1 and C2. Many patients find that headache severity and frequency is dramatically reduced by upper cervical chiropractic care. Some have even seen a complete resolution of headaches. Check out our testimonials page to see real life examples.
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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefThere is a definite difference between migraine headaches and other headache types. Here is a list of symptoms that define a migraine headache versus a non-migraine headache:

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Where to Find Relief for Headaches

No matter what kind of a headache a person is experiencing, patients all have one thing in common—wanting relief, and wanting it fast. Often medication is taken to alleviate symptoms. While this may work on a temporary basis, it is important to understand that unless the underlying cause of a headache is addressed and corrected, it will continue to return.

A link has been seen between a misalignment in the upper neck and various kinds of headaches. This is due to the fact that the brainstem lies in this general area. Therefore, a misalignment of the top two bones of the neck can put undue pressure on the brainstem causing it no longer to work properly.

The brainstem has the vital job of relaying messages to and from the brain and body. If these messages are hindered, it can affect blood flow, nerve function, and how the central nervous system is working. This leads to headaches and other serious health conditions. Once corrected through a gentle, precise method, people often see their headaches lessen in degree or even go away entirely.

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