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Are migraines the same as headaches?
All migraines are headaches, yes. But not all headaches are migraines. With migraine headaches, what you go through is different than the temporary pain of a more common tension headache. Migraines can be more intense, show warning signs days in advance, and can last for days.
What causes migraines?
While the exact cause of your migraines may not be known, they often stem from an imbalance in your brain chemicals or nerve pathways. For some, migraines come from a central nervous system disorder, or from an irregularity in your brain’s vascular system.
If you know you have a family history of migraines, you could be genetically predisposed to getting them. Because the exact cause can be hard to find, you might have to try several different treatments before finding the migraine relief you need.
Which treatments are available for migraines?
Before going to see your dedicated migraine specialist at Elite Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Mason, start keeping track of your migraines. Records of frequency, intensity, and time of day they occur, help your physician put together a treatment plan. Your migraine management plan may include:
- Chiropractic Treatments
- Nerve Blocks
- Trigger Point Injections
- Weight loss
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercise
Will I know when a migraine is coming?
Probably, yes. You notice that certain things happen in your body during the hours or days before your migraine actually starts. When a migraine is approaching, it’s common to have:
- Frequent yawning
- Irregularity or constipation
- Extreme mood changes
- Uncontrollable food cravings
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Neck or back stiffness
- Vision changes