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Posted on 04-13-2017
About 12 percent of Americans experience a migraine. And while a migraine is oftentimes just considered a really bad headache, it can cause more symptoms than just pain. In some cases, a migraine can affect a person's life by limiting what someone can do when they experience one.
A migraine is a headache that tends to cause more pain than a regular tension headache. The pain is usually a throbbing or pulsing sensation that occurs only on one side of the head. In addition to the pain, a person with a migraine may experience sensitivity to light. Nausea and vomiting occur during migraines in many cases. It's also possible for the person to become sensitive to light and sound. The person may have visual disturbances such as seeing bright flashes of light or seeing shapes. Sometimes, people experience touching sensations when they have a migraine. Movement and speech disturbances are possible as well. Some people experience muscle weakness or a pins and needles sensation in the arms or legs. Vision loss is possible during a migraine. People may hear music or other noises.
A migraine can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. During the time a person experiences a migraine, the pain may be so severe that it prevents a person from participating in many activities.
It's not known exactly what causes a migraine. It does appear that genetics and environmental factors seem to play a role. A chemical imbalance in the brain is one reason for a migraine. Hormonal changes in women will cause migraines. This is especially the case during pregnancy and when a woman experiences premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Certain foods can play a role, especially ones that consist of additives. Stress, weather changes and certain medications will cause migraines as well.
A chiropractor has the potential to reduce strain on the neck by realigning the spine and correcting posture. A chiropractor can reduce stress and help the person make lifestyle changes.
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