Silent Migraines: Can You Get Migraines Without Pain?

September 19, 2021|Migraine / Headache| by Harrison Salisbury

Migraine sometimes creeps in inside your head like a silent thief. One minute you’re enjoying your time at work, and the next, you’re feeling a throbbing sensation. However, there are migraine patients who experience migraine episodes without head pain. What does that mean? Well, these migraine sufferers get most of the common migraine symptoms except for a debilitating headache. 

As a certified migraine chiropractor in West Jordan, Dr. Harrison helps many patients with migraines without a headache (silent migraines). However, the rest of the symptoms they experience are things that you shouldn’t wish to get. The headache may not be there, but silent migraines trigger crippling symptoms with serious effects.


Symptoms of Silent Migraines

A silent migraine is what it sounds like–a migraine without a headache. When you have this type of migraine, you can experience the typical symptoms of classic migraine. However, you are not going to have that pain around your temples. Here are the signs of a silent migraine:

  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Vision problems (seeing dots and spots, flashing lights, and blind spots)
  • Strange smell
  • Tingling sensation
  • Numbness
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Concentration problems
  • Soreness in the jaw and neck


Triggers that Flare Up Silent Migraines

Similar triggers could set in classic types of migraine and silent migraines. The things you eat and some environmental factors can flare up migraines without headaches. These are the triggers to watch out for:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Drinks containing amino acid
  • Loud noise in the environment
  • Flickering lights
  • Extreme cold and hot weather
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Skipping meals
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Other Types of Migraine 

Understanding the different types of migraines and what type you’re suffering from is essential. As a migraine chiropractor in West Jordan, Dr. Harrison believes in the importance of knowing these migraine facts for your diagnosis and relief plan. Learn more about the different subtypes of migraine below:

Migraine with Aura 

We often encounter migraine patients with this condition. A person who has this type of migraine can experience some visual and sensory changes. Spots, flashing lights, and black dots are just a few of the visual disturbances it causes to the patient. Other disturbing symptoms for people who have migraines with aura are:

  • Vision loss
  • Weak muscle spots
  • Speech and language problems
  • Tingling and numbness in the hands, face, and the limb

Migraine without Aura

Unlike migraines with aura, this type of condition doesn’t usually carry visual disturbances. Its symptoms may vary between episodes. Also, the signs you experience with this type of migraine may not be the same as someone else. Below are the signs and symptoms of migraines without aura.

  • Throbbing and pulsing pain one side of the head
  • Discomfort and pain when doing physical activities
  • Sensory problems 
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Hemiplegic Migraine 

 Have you had migraine symptoms that look similar to a stroke? Then, you most likely had a hemiplegic migraine. This type of migraine is something to worry about. Although it is rare, the severity of this type of migraine is one that you should not ignore. However, identifying this migraine would be a challenge since its symptoms are similar to the other types. Here are some short-term symptoms of hemiplegic migraine:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe and pulsing pain on one side of the head
  • Paralysis on one side of the body
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness and tingling sensation on any parts of the body
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of balance or coordination problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Extreme sensitivity to odors, sound, and light
  • Double vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Stroke (in rare and severe cases) 

Retinal Migraine 

Just like hemiplegic migraine, retinal migraine is also a rare migraine condition. However, in comparison to a migraine with aura, this type of migraine only affects one eye. If you have retinal migraine, you do not have to fall into despair. Long-term damage to the eye rarely happens in some cases. However, this type of migraine can affect the flow of your blood, leading to vision impairment. 

Retinal migraine symptoms are similar to classic migraine signs. The only difference is that retinal migraine includes temporary vision change in one eye. Here are other symptoms of retinal migraine:

  • Headaches
  • Total vision loss
  • Partial vision loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme sensitivity to sound and light


Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Prevent Migraines

 You’re not the only one who’s on the hunt for migraine relief. Others consult a migraine chiropractor in West Jordan, while some switch to a healthier lifestyle. These two strategies are good ways to help prevent your migraines from recurring. Before introducing you to an upper cervical chiropractor, know first the healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine. 

  • Develop a healthier sleep pattern. Binge-watching your favorite shows is all fun until your migraine kicks in. To prevent a migraine from attacking, you need to stick to a healthy sleep schedule. Be sure not to stay up too late or sleep longer than recommended. 
  • Manage your stress levels. Stress is a leading cause of migraines. Managing your stress well can significantly help you reduce the chance of having other migraine episodes. 
  • Eat healthily. Eating a healthy diet is an excellent way to prevent migraines from occurring. You should also make sure that you don’t skip meals when you’re hungry. Leaving your stomach empty is a trigger for a migraine attack.


Get Adjusted by Our Trusted Migraine Chiropractor in West Jordan

Upper cervical chiropractic care delivers a precise and gentle relief that gets to the root of your migraine. Dr. Harrison, our upper cervical chiropractor in West Jordan, can help correct the problems causing you migraine episodes.

Contact us today to book an appointment with him. Brain and Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help you take the first step towards migraine relief.


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