If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know that it’s much more than a simple headache. With symptoms and pain that can seriously disrupt your daily life, a migraine is more like an explosion inside your skull. Common symptoms include severe pain across the entire skull, sensitivity to light and sounds, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and vision changes. Though typical migraines last less than a day, severe migraine sufferers have reported feeling symptoms for up to ten days!
So, what causes a migraine? Unfortunately, the definite causes of migraines are still under dispute within the medical community. However, there are a few underlying causes that can make it much more likely to predict who will experience migraines. One of the largest contributing factors to migraine suffering includes irregularities in the size and structure of the blood vessels. The pain that is associated with migraines comes from a rush of blood and consequent swelling of the blood vessels in the brain’s tissue. Therefore, if you have an underlying blood disease or condition, you are more likely to experience migraines. Other theories include a flush of stress hormones triggered by abnormalities of the nervous system or mental health disorders like anxiety and schizophrenia.
Though underlying causes are still being debated, there have been a number of migraine triggers identified by medical professionals. Some of the most common triggers include:
Though anyone can suffer from a migraine, there are also a few identified risk factors that can increase your likelihood of experiencing chronic headaches or migraines. Some of the most pronounced risk factors include…
The solution to chronic migraines is much more complicated than taking a Tylenol and catching a quick nap. Chiropractic therapy from the Pain and Injury Clinic of Utah can help ease the pain associated with migraines and get you back on the track to a healthier and more comfortable life! If you or someone that you know is suffering from the pain of migraines, schedule your chiropractic assessment today with Dr. Freeland!