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Taking a Deeper Dive into the Painful World of Migraine

Migraine is a condition that can perfectly ruin your day. Once the episode begins, it will only worsen before getting better. Suppose you are one of the 35 million Americans who suffer from this condition. In that case, you might find it helpful to learn a thing or two about migraine attacks from a migraine chiropractor in Fremont. Hopefully, by understanding how this neurological condition works and knowing how to find the underlying cause of your symptoms, you can better manage your attacks.


Common Accompanying Symptoms of Migraine

People who experience migraine can feel like the pain and suffering will never end. Yet most people who don't experience migraine firsthand think it's just like usual headaches. This type of thinking should change. Let's help you get acquainted with migraines better by identifying the most commonly reported symptoms.


Headaches are the most obvious indicator of a migraine episode. However, you must understand that this is neither the only symptom nor a pre-requisite in getting a migraine diagnosis. There are instances when patients do not have headaches but notice sensory or aura symptoms instead. On the one hand, several migraineurs have headaches that tick one or more of the defining characteristics below:  

  •  one-sided pain
  • moderate to severe pain
  • pulsing or throbbing pain
  • pain that grows worse with exertion

Nausea and vomiting

Even the worst tension headaches barely lead to nausea or vomiting, proving that migraine attacks are indeed the worst! Countless patients include nausea in their list of top migraine symptoms, while about a third experience vomiting. 

Interestingly, some believe that vomiting can ease the pain. As a result, many patients attempt to induce their gag reflex only to find out it doesn't work. Please avoid doing this at all costs and reach out to a migraine chiropractor in Fremont for a safer way to ease migraine symptoms.

Sensory symptoms

Sensory symptoms refer to the sensations you feel physically through your different senses. What are these sensory symptoms, you ask? According to studies, these include sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells, or touch. Let's flesh out some of these sensory symptoms for further understanding.

Sensitivity to lights 

According to the American Migraine Foundation, approximately 80 percent of migraineurs have photophobia or abnormal sensitivity to light. To cope and lessen the impact of the headaches, patients often wear sunglasses even when indoors and opt to stay in a dark room. Others also follow simple lifestyle tips such as the following: 

  • Lessen screen time
  • Gradually retrain eyes to increase light tolerance
  • Use tinted window glass or blinds

Sensitivity to sounds 

Photophobia or sensitivity to loud noises often comes along with light sensitivity. So, when a migraine episode hits you, you should consider avoiding loud sounds or deafening silence. Additionally, you might find it helpful to use white noise machines or phone applications that can help diffuse unnecessary sounds.

Sensitivity to smell 

Osmophobia or sensitivity to smell affects 95% of migraine patients and often triggers or worsens attacks. Odors from perfumes, cigarette smoke, motor vehicle exhaust, even some cleaning products, and foods trigger migraines. This may need a trial and error method to know what triggers you most. It is best to take notes in your migraine diary to pinpoint specific scent triggers and determine how to avoid them. 

Neck pain

Migraine-related articles online often leave out neck pain as a symptom because some claim it doesn't share any connections with a typical episode. However, numerous case studies have uncovered several interesting facts about the two, such as the following: 

  • Neck pain afflicts up to 70% of migraineurs
  • Most patients feel neck pain before or during a migraine episode. In comparison, others notice the symptom during the hangover phase of their attack.
  • Neck pain in migraineurs often denotes a cervical subluxation – one of the most common triggers of chronic migraine episodes.
  • The trigeminocervical complex – which comprises the trigeminal nucleus caudalis and the C1 and C2 regions of the spinal cord - often gets activated during a migraine attack.
  • The activation of the trigeminocervical complex can set off intense neck pain.
  • A migraine chiropractor in Fremont can come in handy in relieving migraine attacks by fixing misalignments in your C1 and C2 bones. 


How a Migraine Chiropractor in Fremont Help

Upper cervical chiropractic is a unique technique that can help identify misalignments in the vertebrae located in the neck. A misalignment can disrupt pain messages received by the brain, leading to migraine. When migraine starts taking over your life, you must explore more long-term care options to keep your symptoms at bay and live normally again.

One option you should consider is upper cervical chiropractic. With this migraine remedy, you don't have to depend on prescribed medicine to manage your episodes. Instead, this technique will only require you to receive gentle chiropractic adjustment from a migraine chiropractor in Fremont.


Call Forest Upper Cervical Chiropractic Centers in Fremont

Migraine should not be a part of who you are, but you can eventually add it to the list of what you survived and conquered. So arrange a consultation with us now and let us help you enjoy a migraine-free life at the soonest possible time.

To book a consultation with Dr. Forest, call us at 510-319-3119 or book online using this form. You can also drive by our practice at 3909 Stevenson Blvd Suite D Fremont, CA. We hope to see you soon!


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