Migraine Headache Recovery Bergen County NJ
At the MedWell Center for Chronic Condition Recovery, our staff takes an intense interest in finding the correct diagnosis of a patient's headache, rather than just labeling them to be a migraine sufferer. By doing so, we put them on a path for achieving lasting pain relief while sparing them from medications that only dull their brain and not their pain. Generally speaking, migraines are an ordeal that can become very emotional and physical with severe throbbing or pulsating pain. Visual changes, a sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, fluctuating moods and feelings of fatigue are common complaints. That's why the treatment plan created to alleviate your problems starts with your assessment.
Common Symptoms for Migraine Headaches
- Throbbing or Pulsating Pain
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Feeling Fatigued or Tired
- Visual Changes to Eyesight
- Sensitivity to Sound or Light
- Fluctuating Mood or Depression
- Sensitivity to Touch or Smell
- Lightheadedness or Fainting
A couple of culprits that need to be ruled out right away are food allergies and food sensitivities. In addition to ruling out a lingering illness or recent trauma that might have caused the onset of migraine headaches, we also take a close look at your diet and the affect it has on your hormonal balance. Since everyone's past is filled with minor falls and accidents, your spinal alignment always needs to be checked as any misalignment could cause migraine-like symptoms. Once again, a treatment regimen is based on our doctor's diagnosis and plan for restoring optimum balance throughout your body. If a herniated or bulging disc is identified, spinal decompression therapy may be needed to gently release the tension on the affected vertebrae.
Migraine headache recovery can be a challenge and is best accomplished with the help of a doctor who understands the role that biological, genetic and environmental conditions play in causing and relieving pain. Moreover, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from a migraine. A German study reported in the journal Cephalalgia found that two-thirds of the participants who had sex during their migraine reported less headache pain. Although many people know about the auras that can precede a migraine, few have an answer for the migraine hangover (called postdrome) that can occur after the pain subsides. Postdrome is generally considered to be part of the attack and may share certain triggers.
The only similarity between a migraine and a headache are that both can cause severe pain and discomfort. However, a traditional headache will not include the symptoms listed above. A migraine is an overall medical condition of which the headache is just one symptom. Medical researchers long believed these disabling headaches were likely the result of problems with the nerves and blood vessels in the individual's head. However, current thinking regarding migraine pain has moved toward the chemical compounds and hormones that play a role in pain sensitivity. When serotonin and estrogen levels change, the result for some people is a migraine. Contact Medwell to learn more about our treatment plan for migraine recovery.