I’ve seen all facets of migraines as an Idaho migraine chiropractor. One thing doctors and online resources hardly talk about is how serious migraines can be. Sure, migraines are generally non-life threatening and unlikely to kill you. But aside from causing a dreadful headaches and other unbearable symptoms, migraines may lead to complications and even visits to the emergency room. When are migraines dangerous? More importantly, is there a natural method to get rid of migraines?
Below is the list of possible migraine complications patients may experience. You may not experience any of these complications yet, but it does not mean that you are spared from them in the future. Therefore, it is important to seek an Idaho migraine chiropractor or professionals that can provide proper care for your migraines.
1. Persistent Aura
About 20-25% of migraine patients experience an aura. An aura is a series of visual and sensory disturbances that begin before the headache stage of a migraine. However, persistent aura without infarction is a migraine problem that causes an aura that does not go away, even after the migraine headache. Infarction is an obstruction of blood supply to a particular organ or area of the body, kind of like a stroke. Auras commonly last for only five minutes to an hour, but in persistent migraine aura without infarction, the aura can continue for weeks, months, or even years. Symptoms such as numbness, tingling sensations, and breathing issues are also present.
2. Perpetual Migraine
Some people suffer from status migrainosus, migraines that last more than 72 hours. The typical length of a migraine ranges from 4 to 72 hours. Experiencing perpetual migraines for more than three days often results in severe vomiting and other serious symptoms. It may even lead to hospitalization. One cause of status migrainosus is the overuse of headache medication.
This is a rare condition wherein epileptic seizures occur within an hour following a migraine episode. Researchers are still looking at whether the migraine prompts the seizure or the epilepsy is triggering migraines as a forerunner to the seizures. Either way, the central nervous system is encountering a problem.
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4. Migraine Stroke
The blood vessels provide oxygen to the brain. However, when the brain lacks oxygen supply, migrainous infarction (stroke) happens. Unlike common migraines that occur gradually, a migraine stroke comes out of the blue and brings on visual symptoms and tingling sensation in the hands and face. The majority of patients who experience this are middle-aged or young adult women on birth control pills.
Migraines may hinder your sleep, and this can lead to a vicious cycle of migraines that get more severe each time. Sleep deprivation can make it dangerous to do activities such as driving or operating heavy machinery. Also, sleep is essential for the body. Lack of sleep can have an impact on many aspects of your health and even result in heart disease. This is probably the reason why heart conditions are frequently seen among women with migraines.
Around 40% of migraine cases are vestibular migraines. Vertigo is one of the vestibular symptoms that patients with this type of migraine experience. Vertigo causes false feeling of movement, including the sudden sensation that the world around you is spinning. It may result in falls, which can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. If an episode of vertigo happens at the wrong time like when you’re on a ladder or a high place, it can lead to a bad fall.
While the pain of a migraine cannot make a person commit suicide, studies show that migraine patients are more prone to having depression and anxiety, particularly people with chronic migraines. Migraine patients who experience aura have the highest suicide rates.
Without a doubt, migraines can be dangerous. One thing that contributes to the risk of migraine complications is medication overuse. For this reason, many migraine patients seek a natural alternative care. Is there natural relief for migraines? I want to introduce you to a unique form of therapy called upper cervical chiropractic care.
A Natural, Safe and Cost-Effective Migraine Solution
Within the chiropractic practice is a niche called upper cervical chiropractic. It focuses on the two bones in the neck (upper cervical spine), the atlas and axis (C1 and C2). It makes sense to focus on these bones to relieve migraines as they have an impact on the normal flow of blood to the brain and the overall function of the central nervous system. Interestingly, as many as 75% of migraine patients experience neck pain during a migraine episode. This indicates a link between the neck and migraines.
Misalignment of the C1 and C2 can negatively impact the brainstem function, cerebral blood flow, and cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Therefore, correction of the upper cervical misalignment is necessary to bring long-term relief to migraines.
Here at Upper Cervical Health Center Boise in Idaho, I use diagnostic imaging to measure and locate the misalignment with precision. As a result, the adjustments of the bones can be precise and gentle. This enables safe and long-lasting effects. Upper cervical chiropractic is also a cost-effective therapy because once the soft tissue of the neck stabilizes, patient visits can be weeks apart or possibly even longer, depending on the condition of the patient. This means fewer appointments and less cost for patients.
If you have migraines and want to avoid the conditions mentioned in this article, give upper cervical chiropractic care a try. Contact my office at (208) 559-0541 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with me. I can explain more about upper cervical chiropractic and what it can do for you on your first visit.
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