Migraines: More Than The Physical and Mental Challenges

September 20, 2020|Migraine / Headache| by Harrison Salisbury

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We cannot stress enough how important it is to find a trusted West Jordan migraine chiropractor so you can have a better chance of dealing with your condition. The obstacle called migraines is more than just a mental and physical challenge. Migraines are known as a neurological condition that causes excruciating head pain, nausea, and vomiting. It also triggers dizziness, vertigo, and sensitivity to sound, light, and certain smells.

Sometimes, migraines are with visual disturbances, more often known as auras. Migraines can affect people in various ways. It can make you feel weak physically. Also, it can give you worry, pain, anxiety, and even depression. Finally, it can be a tremendous financial challenge, as well. Migraines are something serious that needs careful attention. It affects patients physically, mentally, psychologically, socially, and financially!

Essential Migraine Financial Facts

Migraines affect at least 39 million citizens in the United States and one billion people worldwide. It is a staggering number, especially when combined with the total money spent on research and healthcare concerning migraines each year. These facts don’t only bother patients but every West Jordan migraine chiropractor as well. 

Here are other critical facts about migraines that you may want to know:

  • In 2015, the medical cost of caring for people with chronic migraines (at least 15 migraine days per month) was at least $5.4 billion.
  • American employers lost over $13 billion due to 113 million days of missed work of employees suffering from different chronic migraines.
  • The cost of healthcare is 70% higher for families with at least one migraine patient.
  • Americans have at least $1 billion worth of brain scans spent annually on migraines. 

Facts About Migraine Patients And Their Challenges

  • In 2019, at least 500 certified headache specialists in the U.S. existed. However, there were more than 39 million people with migraines. 
  • Only about 4% of those with migraines seek medical care and consult pain and headache specialists.
  • More than half of all those with migraines have never received a diagnosis. It is because an enormous majority of people suffering from migraines don’t seek medical attention for their various pains.
  • Even when at least 25% of people with migraines can benefit from preventive care, the fact is, only 12% of all those with migraines obtain proper preventative maintenance.
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The Physical And Personal Daily Challenges of Migraineurs

Migraines frequently last for 4 hours to 72 hours. Migraine attacks cause crippling pain. Most migraine patients find relief if they stay in a dark and quiet room to lie down in peace until the problem dies out. Migraines often start during childhood or early adulthood for some. 

Some people experience an aura right before their migraines hit. An aura is an early warning sign and usually displays as neurological or visual symptoms. Others would perceive blind spots or flashes of light, and some people would feel tingling on one leg or arm, or one side of the face. 

Because of these, every West Jordan migraine chiropractor does their best to help patients get natural and non-invasive migraine relief. People usually go through four stages of a migraine attack. Let’s take a close look at what each phase looks like.

Stage 1: Prodrome Stage

It usually occurs one day or two before a migraine attack. There are small things you may notice that would indicate a migraine is about to hit. It would also include any of the following symptoms:

  • A stiff neck
  • Constipation
  • Frequent yawning
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Food cravings
  • Sudden mood changes

Stage 2: Aura Stage

It frequently comes an hour or so before the pain comes. For migraine patients without aura, they would skip this stage. Auras are neurological symptoms. They can be either visual or sensory warning signs. Those with auras would see wavy lines, have a zigzag vision, or temporarily lose their sight. Also, they would experience weak muscles, or feel as if something is touching you. Still, others would have problems with their speech or have difficulty walking properly.

Stage 3: Attack Stage

It is the pain phase. Watch out for the following combination of symptoms such as: 

  • Fainting or lightheadedness
  • Pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Throbbing or pulsating pain in your head
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odors

Stage 4: Postdrome

It is the last stage, and it follows after the migraine attack. It generally leaves a person feeling extraordinarily drained or exhausted. However, for some people, they would feel thrilled. It may have different effects on various people. Also, for the next 24 hours, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Moodiness
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Where Do Migraines Originate?

Unfortunately, this question remains a mystery among people in the health industry. It would seem as if genetics, along with specific environmental factors, have significant influence. However, another exciting link exists.

Various studies showed that changes within the brainstem and how it interacts with the trigeminal nerve (a primary nerve pathway) could be one cause of migraines. Another contributing factor would be imbalances in brain chemicals like serotonin, which regulate your nervous system’s pain. When a migraine hits, the serotonin levels drop and would cause the trigeminal nerve to discharge neuropeptides. 

Neuropeptides are substances that go to the brain’s outer covering, leading to migraine pain. So, what triggers the brainstem changes that would lead to a chain reaction that ends up in migraines?                                                                                                            

Migraines Link to Neck Misalignments

Quite many migraineurs also have a misalignment in their atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebrae. These bones are in the upper cervical spine or the neck. They protect the brainstem from damage. However, if these vertebrae would misalign due to any minor or major accidents, trauma, or injury to the neck or head, it would cause the brainstem to malfunction. A malfunctioning brainstem would send wrong signals to the brain, including what hormones to produce. The result would be migraines and other health problems. 

Visit us here at Brain & Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Utah. Our West Jordan migraine chiropractor trained in finding these small misalignments to move back the bones into their proper positions naturally and without pain. We accomplish this through a precise and gentle procedure known as upper cervical chiropractic care.

Once we complete the correction, the body can start to heal naturally, and the brainstem also can begin working correctly once more. Thus, many patients report a significant improvement in their migraines’ frequency and intensity after receiving upper cervical chiropractic. Some of our patients delightfully tell us that their migraines go away for good!

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