Migraines are a miserable thing to deal with. Having to live with it means being in a constant state of pain. Migraines are often described as “bad headaches,” but they are not so simple to define. Migraines come with different symptoms and triggers, making them tricky to treat. The pain can be constant, reducing the quality of life of sufferers.
In this blog post, we will go over the most common symptoms of migraines, including how to find relief from them.
What is a Migraine, and what triggers it?
A migraine is a headache characterized by an intense throbbing or pounding in the head that lasts two to 72 hours. It may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound or noise, and sometimes sensitivity to strong smells. It is not uncommon for migraines to begin with visual disturbances like flashing lights, blind spots, and patterns like zigzag lines. Some people may be able to predict when one is about to start because of these signs
If you experience more than three of the above symptoms for days consecutively, you should not ignore them. It would help if you visited your doctor immediately so they could determine whether or not you have a migraine and develop a treatment course for you. If your migraine does not respond positively to medication, you may be referred to a neurologist or pain specialist.
Diagnosing and Coping With Migraines
Why migraines develop is not fully understood, but they have been linked to stress hormones. Usually, migraines respond to pain relieving medication, and preventive drugs can even be taken to reduce the frequency of attacks. If these prove abortive, however, your physician may carry out tests to rule out other possibilities. Such tests include an MRI, which yields precise images of the brain and blood vessels. The MRI scan will show any likely bleeding, tumors, and signs indicative of neurological diseases that may be causing pain. CT scans are also used for this.
A variety of medications can be used to treat migraines. The choice of treatment will mostly be dependent on the individual and their suitability with each drug class. Medications include pain relief, anti-nausea, and preventive drugs like antidepressants, anti-seizure, and some beta blockers. Botox injections may also help prevent migraine attacks.
A helpful tip for coping with migraines is to track occurrences once you have ascertained that you are prone to attacks. Keeping track of your symptoms will help you anticipate and maybe prepare for incidences. It may seem like overkill initially, but tracking your pain would really benefit you. Keeping a pain diary is not so hard. You can keep a journal about your pain with details like when it occurred and how it felt. After a while, you will notice a pattern. Whether it is triggered by stress or any other thing, you can track events and possibly prevent triggers.
At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, your wellness is our priority. If you or your loved one have been struggling with relentless migraines or long-term pain, we would like to talk to you. Contact us here for a consultation and begin your journey to a pain-free life.