Migraines are debilitating and significantly affect a person’s daily routine during the course of an attack.
Along with considerable localized pain, symptoms include dizziness, visual problems, nausea, vomiting, redness and swelling. Some of these symptoms are recognized as indicators as they may appear before the actual pain of the migraine begins. Migraine pain is experienced most often in the temples, but can be found anywhere on the head, neck and face. Attacks can last a few hours or a few days.
Most medical professionals classify migraines as either classical or common, with the classical migraine being a headache that follows an event such as numbness or tingling, the appearance of an aura of flashes of light or for many, a noticeable halo effect around the head. Common migraines (which are three times more common than classic migraines) differ in that no aura is experienced, but they can be just as troublesome. Unfortunately, migraines are quite common with nearly 30 million Americans reporting they experience some form of migraine headache.
The Cluster Headache
Closely related to the common or classic migraine, the cluster headache is recognizable when the pain comes on abruptly, high in the nostrils and spreads to the area around the eyes (most often on one side or the other). Many patients report considerable pain in the forehead and surrounding area. Cluster headaches are still a bit of a mystery as they often subside as quickly as they begin. They can occur several times a day with episodes lasting days or weeks.
Causes of Headache
The causes of headaches are wide ranging. They can be caused by cervical (neck) problems, poor diet, food sensitivities, autoimmune problems, metabolic inflammation, stress, poor sleeping habits and TMJ issues. Other environmental problems such as chemical sensitivities, bio-toxic illness and medication side-effects can also be at the root of your headache problem.
We will do all the appropriate testing to determine the cause or causes of your headaches and set you on the right path.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know) reduce the effects of migraine, common or cluster headaches, give us a call at (540) 678-1212 to schedule an appointment.