Migraines and Other Headaches

Migraine headaches manifest with a pulsating or throbbing feeling in the head. They often occur on only one side of the head but are sometimes experienced across both sides. Common reactions to intense migraine headaches include vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to stimuli and sleep impairment. Migraine headaches are usually recurrent and often become less powerful as you age. Sometimes, migraines are associated with different hormonal changes, like puberty and menopause.

Types of Migraines

Migraine headaches are categorized according to the types of symptoms that they cause. The most common types of migraines are called “migraines with aura” and “migraines without aura”. Other types include status migrainosus, abdominal migraine, carotidynia, an ophthalmoplegic migraine and a basilar artery migraine.

A migraine with aura is noted by the aura (a field of subtle, luminous radiation) that occurs between ten minutes and a half an hour before the actual headache. The aura tends to be visual and often manifests around the edges of objects or the field of vision. Other non-visual auras like dizziness, vertigo, and motor weakness occur as well. A migraine without aura is more common and often occurs after mood changes or feelings of fatigue. A migraine without aura often results in vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light. Those who experience migraine headaches should reach out to a medical physician. While some patients’ personal behaviors can be altered to diminish the frequency of migraines, a reduction cannot be guaranteed.

Migraines are More Common Than Most Think

It is estimated that 30 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches. It is interesting to note that about three-quarters of those afflicted by migraines are women. Migraines can afflict individuals of all ages but more often than not tend to appear between the ages of 10 and 40. Many people stop experiencing migraines after entering their 50s. Certain individuals experience multiple migraines every month while others experience one or two throughout their lifetime.

At Integrated Neurology Services, we provide extensive treatment options to help patients with migraines or other severe headaches get the care they need and deserve. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, call us today to schedule an appointment. Help is only a phone call or a click away.

Speak Your Migraine

This website is a great resource for people who suffer from migraines. Check out their Migraine Impact Tool to help understand the impact it has on your life and information that you to share with your healthcare provider. 

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