Migraines are not simply headaches, but involve head pain that can be completely debilitating. Many people even go to the emergency room each year due to migraine head pain. Headaches may come and go, while migraines can be recurrent, and can involve nausea, vomiting and other severe side effects. If you experience migraine head pain, learn more about migraine treatments such as the TX360 that can help you!
Migraines Vs. Headaches
A migraine is head pain, just like a headache. However, migraines are generally throbbing headaches that will happen in a specific area of the head, such as only the right side. Headaches will typically affect the entire head and will be less intense than the head pain associated with a migraine. The latter can become so painful and uncomfortable that it causes nausea, vomiting, blurry vision or loss of vision, an intense sensitivity to light, dizziness and the inability to walk or stand.
You can tell the difference between a headache and a migraine from the intensity that is felt when one is happening. Is your head pain so strong that it hurts to walk or stand? Does it take away your vision? Is it throbbing or pulsing in a specific area? Has it lasted longer than an hour? Migraines can be short, but they can last up to 4 days in patients with chronic migraine problems. A headache is usually short and can go away in less than an hour or even a few minutes. Migraines take their time to finally taper off.
Migraines are actually considered a “neurological disorder”, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. This is because “nerve pathways and brain chemicals” are involved much more than a short headache. Many people simply assume migraines and headaches are the same, when they are not. They differentiate because of the neurological symptoms that happen with a migraine that you just don’t get with a regular headache.
Triggers to Avoid
The first thing to do if you feel a migraine coming on is to assess what the cause could be. There are factors that don’t seem very big that are major migraine triggers. Simply skipping a meal could do it as well as sleep deprivation. Other common triggers are hormones, weather changes, and excessive stimuli with flashing lights, strong odors or something similar. Some tips to avoid common triggers include:
- Avoid eating foods or drinks that your body reacts badly to. If you notice that you only get a migraine when you’ve had alcohol, tobacco, too much caffeine, certain medicines or foods, avoid those.
- Eat right. Don’t skip your meals or your body gets deprived of nutrients, gets less blood circulation and thus less oxygen to tissues and organs. Always eat enough to keep your blood sugar regulated and don’t binge on sugar and other foods that will cause you to have energy followed by a crash.
- Sleep! A lack of sleep causes headaches in so many people. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours a night, teens need more than that and children (especially infants) need much more.
- Caffeine. Monitor how much you have. Some can help calm down a migraine when it strikes, but too much can be the cause of migraines. If you drink caffeine daily, slowly go off of it instead of cold-turkey or you can have headaches from withdrawals.
- Exercise right. Exercise helps your body in so many ways! It can speed up your blood circulation and oxygen to your brain, helping your head pain. Excessive exercise or too vigorous, however, can cause head pain.
- Hydrate. You need at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Not getting that, or becoming dehydrated, will cause you head pain and other problems.
Help for Frequent Migraines
Are you doing all that you can to avoid common triggers and you still have migraines or frequent headaches? You may be at the point where professional help is needed. We evaluate your health and symptoms and start to look for trigger areas in the body that can cause a headache or migraine to happen. Spinal or joint misalignment can cause pain and inflammation, plus neuropathy that can eventually trigger head pain. Poor nutrition will definitely cause head pain and chronic conditions over time. If you have a food intolerance or allergy, a migraine can be a side effect of your body reacting with a foreign substance.
At our office, we provide chiropractic care and spinal rehabilitation to help relieve stress, pressure and inflammation to joints that would cause neuropathy, trigger points, joint deterioration and more. For localized treatment for a migraine, we have the TX360 headache machine that can provide long-term relief from many types of headaches, including facial pain. This procedures allows the practitioner to use a nasal spray delivered via the TX360 nasal applicator to reach nerves located near the nasal cavity. These nerves—called the sphenopalatine ganglion—are responsible for many types of headaches. Once these nerves are calmed down, patients start to feel an immediate decrease in intensity and frequency of their headaches and migraines.
Aches and Pains
Maybe you don’t have a problem with headaches or migraines, but you do have a problem with aches and pains elsewhere. Chronic pain is the number one health problem in the U.S. That’s because chronic pain can happen with countless diseases and chronic conditions. It can simply happen with age. No matter if you have migraines and need specific treatment for those or if you have aches and pains elsewhere, we can help you. Our doctors expertly treat neuropathy, scoliosis, back and neck pain, leg and arm pain, knee pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, herniated discs and more. Don’t spend another day with pain! Call Spine Correction Center of the Rockies at (970) 658-5115 for your free consultation!