• What Causes Migraines, and How We Offer Relief

    on Feb 8th, 2019

Let’s begin with an understanding of exactly what we’re dealing with. A migraine, in the simplest terms, is excruciating, and recurring, head pain. Debilitating in nature, migraines differ from regular headaches both in severity, causes and symptoms.

There are two types of migraine: with and without auras. An aura is a physical sensation, and it can be quite a scary experience. Sufferers speak of initial eyesight disturbance, with strobe-like lights or halo-like effects rendering normal sight nearly impossible.

Most of those who experience migraines consider this a warning sign that an attack may be imminent. These types of sensory warnings are common, so don’t be afraid of strange lights or even relentless nausea accompanying or preceding pain.

Facts behind the pain

Did you know migraines remain undiagnosed and untreated in about 50% of sufferers? In addition, statistics show us that over 39 million people in the US alone suffer from migraines on a regular basis. That’s a lot of people, young or old, male or female, burdened with a potentially chronic illness.

 The extreme pain associated with a migraine typically lasts for at least a few hours, but most sufferers will live with this for a day or more. Alarmingly, some people have become so afraid of this pain that upon experiencing the early warning signs, they hurriedly try to reduce the severity by overuse of over-the-counter medications.

Over-the-counter pain medication can become a dangerous habit, creating more problems for the sufferer in terms of possible addiction, and actually increasing the amount of headaches. Don't let a dependency on pain medication become your biggest hurdle.

Instead, look for lasting alternatives, and don’t feel like you have to go it alone.

How do we treat migraines?

Migraines still remain somewhat of a mystery, with no single cure. The best way forward is to look at some common triggers and see if they ring true for you. In fact, as migraine sufferers can vary greatly, looking at probable causes is a great place to start.

Anecdotal evidence shows us that something as plain as a tomato, or the unassuming mushroom, can trigger pain so severe that sufferers resign themselves to never having those foods again.

Apart from food, triggers can include physical issues, such as poor posture, tension in the neck and shoulders, and seemingly everyone’s common complaint, plain old lack of sleep.

Causes can also extend to hormone-related changes in women, diet, alcohol and caffeine consumption, and even the simplest of environmental annoyances like changes in temperature, and secondhand cigarette smoke. Even bright lights can trigger a migraine.

If you’re beginning to think that avoiding everything in life is the only answer, think again: There is light at the end of the tunnel. The key is to identify, diagnose, and treat based on findings.

Let’s get results

Not only do we need to understand migraines, but more importantly we need to understand the person who knows your migraines the best. You.

The team at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice will look at you as an individual and take into account all of your experiences. From there, they will formulate a plan for treatment. If you think you’re stuck with migraines forever, help can be as close as a simple visit.

Don’t suffer alone. Let Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice take you to a place where migraines are identified, understood and ultimately tamed. Contact us today.

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