A Pain in the Head: Migraines

For so many sufferers, a migraine is more than a headache. There are many different kinds of headaches, including the sharp, recurring stabs of cluster headaches, the tight, gradual buildup of tension headaches, or the heavy, stubborn pain of sinus trouble. But migraine sufferers might argue that their headaches put all the rest in the shade.

Not All Migraines Are the Same

While there is a general group of symptoms that most doctors agree signify a migraine, the onset or peak of a migraine for one person may be very different from what another person experiences. But in many cases, when the severe, throbbing head pain hits, it’s extremely debilitating. Even when you feel fine, waiting for the next one can seriously impact your quality of life. In general, a migraine, more than any other headache, means a handful of the following symptoms:

  • Increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells
  • Blurred vision or sudden blind spots
  • Nausea, stomach pain or even vomiting
  • Feeling tired or lethargic
  • Dizziness
  • Bright flashing lights or lines in your field of vision


Sometimes, one or more of these symptoms pop up before the worst of the pain does, and the sufferer knows to find a quiet place to rest, or to take a doctor-prescribed medicine. For others, certain food or drinks are known to trigger migraine pain, but there are no hard and fast rules for every person. If you suspect a certain food—like chocolate, red wine or cured meat—is bringing on migraine pain, try eliminating it from your diet for a few weeks, and keep track of how you feel.

Often, preventing migraines is a question of whole-body wellness. While the pain may be centered in your head, many people report experiencing neck pain as a precursor to migraines, or complain that their neck hurts as well as their head. Over time, a tight back and neck can contribute to muscular stress that can trigger or worsen a migraine.

Do you want to hear more about how our gentle orthopaedic care and lifestyle advice can reduce the incidence and severity of your headaches or migraines? Our goal is get you pain free as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (770) 421-1420 or clicking on our web contact form.

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