There is a significant difference between headaches and migraines. Headaches are known to cause mild, dull pressure that can be felt throughout the forehead and the scalp with no additional symptoms. With migraines, you feel a more intense pulsing and/or throbbing pain that is mostly felt on one side of the head with additional symptoms felt throughout the body.
What is Chronic Migraine?
Migraine sufferers will either experience episodic migraines or chronic migraines. With episodic migraines, you may go weeks or months at a time between migraine attacks. When you have chronic migraines, this means you experience migraine symptoms for 15 days or more per month for at least 3 months.
You may be diagnosed with episodic migraines if you have had at least 5 migraine attacks in your lifetime, experienced migraine headaches that affected you less than 15 days each month, and have had headaches typically lasting less than 24 hours. There are many triggers for episodic migraines with the most common triggers being stress, weather, and menstruation.
With migraine symptoms lasting for more than 4 hours at a time and making an appearance more than 15 days per month, you could be diagnosed with chronic migraine. Chronic migraine sufferers experience longer migraine headaches on average along with an increase in the days they occur.
Researchers have found the average time chronic migraine sufferers experience a migraine headache is 65.1 hours without treatment and 24.1 hours with treatment. (Zaza Katsarava) As a comparison, those who have episodic migraines will have migraine headaches lasting at an average of 38.8 hours without treatment and 12.8 hours with treatment.
Most migraine sufferers have episodic migraines and do not develop chronic migraines. However, there is still hope for those suffering from chronic migraines as there is a natural treatment for chronic migraine relief that can improve your quality of life no matter the amount of time you have lived with this debilitating condition.
What are the Symptoms of a Migraine?
Migraine symptoms may appear one or two days before the episode begins, known as the prodrome stage. Symptoms that appear during the prodrome stage include the following:
- Frequent Yawning
- Food Cravings
- Neck Stiffness
- Fatigue or Low Energy
Auras, which are common symptoms in migraines, appear after this prodrome stage. An aura causes you to see flashing lights, dots, wavy lines, or encounter blurry vision or blind spots that occur anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour before the migraine attack. During an aura, you may experience the following:
- Temporary Loss of Vision
- Difficulty with Speech
- Prickling or Tingling Sensation (in the face, arms, or legs)
- Seeing Shapes, Flashing Lights, or Bright Spots
Next is the migraine attack, which could overlap or occur while you have an aura. The migraine attack symptoms may last from a few hours to days at a time-varying from person to person. Symptoms during the migraine attack include the following:
- Dizziness or Feeling Faint
- Pulsing and Throbbing Head Pain
- Pain on One Side of the Head
- Increased Sensitivity to Light and Sound
After the migraine attack, it is common for migraine sufferers to have a postdrome phase. In the postdrome phase, the sufferer can have changes in their mood and feelings whether it be feeling euphoric and extremely happy or apathetic and very tired. This phase may also involve a mild, dull headache that persists.
Just looking over the symptoms of a migraine attack can be daunting, and it is no mystery why migraines can take a toll on one’s quality of life. Because migraines can be incredibly debilitating, it is important for sufferers to have much needed chronic migraine relief.
Treatments for Chronic Migraine Relief
There are a few options available for chronic migraine relief; however, there is a big difference between them. When looking at the available options for chronic migraine relief, they mostly focus on helping the symptoms rather than the cause of the chronic migraine itself.
Medications for chronic migraine relief are used in hopes to prevent a migraine attack or to help treat it when it happens. While you may receive quick relief with over-the-counter medication, they do come with side effects and should not be used too often. In addition to this, if the over-the-counter medication does not help your symptoms, you may be prescribed stronger medications.
Surgery for chronic migraine relief is available to those who saw no improvement in their condition by using medications. Please note these surgeries are not approved by the FDA and some are considered experimental.
- Neurostimulation Surgery - This surgery involves inserting electrodes under your skin to deliver electrical stimulation to certain nerves.
- MSDS - This procedure for chronic migraine relief works by releasing nerves around the head and face that could play a role in triggering your chronic migraines.
Best Natural Treatment for Chronic Migraine Relief
While the most common treatment options target symptoms of your chronic migraine, the only way to achieve true chronic migraine relief is to target the cause of it. This is where upper cervical treatments come into play.
Upper cervical treatments are a great option for chronic migraine relief. They are 100% natural and extremely effective in helping the body attack the underlying cause/triggers of your chronic migraines.
With the use of small, gentle adjustments to your upper cervical spine (neck area) pressure is taken off of your brain stem to enable the proper brain to body communication in which allows your body to repair and heal itself – including repairing parts of your body that have been triggering your migraines.
Why does this work?
When an upper cervical misalignment occurs from the natural aging process, injury, or stress placed on that area, the vertebrae can press on your brain stem and surround nerves. This pressure can limit the amount of blood (or oxygen) your brain receives and cause more headaches to occur.
The compression is also known to irritate and inflame nerves. With your brain stem being pressed on, your brain to body signals become distorted and can cause many complications to arise throughout your body.
When an upper cervical professional makes a correction, this pressure is taken off your brain stem, surrounding nerves, and soft tissue all while bringing back your proper brain to body communication. Many patients with chronic migraines have seen improvements in their condition in as little as one adjustment.
Depending on the severity and length of time the misalignment has been present, more adjustments may be needed. However, the goal of the professional is the same: To only adjust when needed (less and less over time) and to help your body grow strong enough overtime to hold the correct alignment by itself.