Migraine Pain is the Worst.
Can your migraine make you feel dizzy, sick and wipe you out?
Does your migraine swap sides in between or during your attacks?
Migraine is the most common condition successfully treated at The Headache and Pain Management Centre.
The International Headache Society defines migraines as, “headache disorders characterised by recurrent episodes of one-sided headache, of pulsating quality, lasting for between 2 hours and 3 days, which can be associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and/or sound, visual auras and dizziness.” But such a generalised definition may not be very relevant for you.
In fact, a vast majority of migraine sufferers find that their headache can swap sides – one day, in one episode, it can be left sided, the next day right sided, and on another day both sides. The pain moves around their head.
In addition, many migraine sufferers report that not only do they get their migraines sporadically, but they also experience a different type of headache (such as a tension headache), which is of less intensity, or in a different area, without the nausea and dizziness. Other people can have migraine symptoms, like nausea or visual auras, with no pain at all.
What is going on?
How to Diagnose the cause of your migraines
Whether you have identified your own migraine causes and triggers such as stress, certain foods, hormones, or physical exercise, or you may have no clear understanding of what actually causes your migraine symptoms, a unique assessment and treatment strategy can help get your nasty symptoms under control.
If you’re like many migraine sufferers, you might have noticed that your neck and shoulders tighten up significantly, either before or during a migraine attack. This information is very often ignored by the medical profession, when it shouldn’t be. It’s a very important clue about the actual cause of your migraine.
Are your migraines caused by your neck?
Recent research now shows that there is an nerve centre in your brain which is sensitised in people who have migraine conditions. We call this – The Headache Hub. This area is responsible for taking in all of the pain signals from your brain, your neck, scalp, sinuses, face and forehead. It also signals in response to changes in the chemical serotonin, which is affected by levels of stress and anxiety, different foods, wines, alcohol, smells and other factors.
Different people are affected in different ways, which is why it can be so hard for you and your doctor to diagnose the trigger of your migraine. But it needn’t be.
The top of the neck has now been shown to be the major causative factor for migraines in a majority of cases. And if your neck is an issue, then other triggers will become an issue as well. That’s because the area of the brain that the information from the neck passes through, is the same area of the brain that the information from your migraine triggers passes through. This is why your migraine can be different on different days, or come on seemingly at random.
How we diagnose and treat your migraine
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinicians use world-first migraine treatment techniques to diagnose where your migraine is coming from, and treat that specific cause.
While we can never fully understand what you’re going through when you suffer from a migraine – we do have the answers that can help provide migraine relief. For your personalised migraine assessment and treatment, please call us on 1300 16 55 33 or use the contact form above.