Many people can sympathize with the burden of regular headaches. But if your headaches are particularly severe, you might wonder if you’re actually suffering from migraines. There are over 150 different types of headaches, but about 12 percent of Americans suffer from migraines specifically.
Migraines present with very particular symptoms that can help to differentiate between them and other types of headaches. Those include:
- A throbbing or pulsing headache on one side of the head
- Pain usually gets worse with physical activity
- Lights, sounds, or smells might aggravate symptoms
- Can last for hours or even days
Some migraine sufferers even experience an “aura” of symptoms that precede the headache but can also occur during the head pain or even afterward. Those include:
- Seeing sparkles or flashing in vision
- Temporary vision loss
- Blind spots
- Numb or tingling skin
- Speech changes
- Ringing in ears
- Changes in smell or taste
- Feeling “funny” or “off”
Migraines can seriously disrupt your day, or even cause you to miss multiple days of work and other life events. While researchers aren’t sure what causes migraines, and there is no permanent “cure”, chiropractic care can relieve symptoms. We can accomplish change through a number of therapeutic treatments. In some cases our recommendations can reduce the frequency of your migraines or even eliminate them.
If you believe you might be suffering from migraine headaches, call our clinic to schedule an appointment. We will review your symptoms and lifestyle with you, and develop a plan to help you reduce or eliminate your migraine headaches.