What Is Migraine?
Migraine is a kind of headache, and it causes a severe throbbing sensation on a single area of the head only. It is also referred to as a neurological disorder which is related to the brain. One should visit a Migraine clinic to find a solution for this extreme pain. Migraines are usually categorized into two categories: with aura and without aura. Aura is the symptoms a person feels just before the beginning of the headache.
Therefore, it can be said that before experiencing migraine pain, there will be some signs through which the person can get an idea that a migraine is about to begin.
On the other hand, a migraine without aura comes without any warning signs. Sometimes, you may feel migraine aura but without any headache, which is known as silent migraine.
There are many things that lead to migraines, but the exact migraine cause is still unidentified. People who experience severe migraines always want to know the migraine cause. Some doctors suggest that migraine pain is usually due to abnormal brain activity, which briefly affects nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. It is still not obvious what causes these changes in the activity of the brain. There is a possibility that a person’s genes make him or her more likely to encounter migraines due to any trigger.
There are many causes for a severe migraine, such as:
- Caffeine: having too much caffeine or suddenly withdrawing from its intake.
- Hormonal changes
- Menstruation cycle (period)
- Stress, anxiety, depression etc
- A physical condition such as blood pressure, sugar level, vigorous exercise etc
- Atmospheric changes such as lighting, strong smells, noise etc
- Changes in the sleeping pattern
- Dehydration or malnutrition
People usually experience severe migraines, and there are many symptoms of this pain. The migraine headaches often come with tingling, odd sounds, and flashing lights etc. They can even cause throwing up or make a person stay in a dark room for many days. One should be aware of the symptoms so the person can sense a headache is about to begin.
Generally, people cannot differentiate between regular migraine symptoms and what could be a severe condition requiring immediate care.
Migraine symptoms occur in particular stages, though you might not have them all.
When you feel symptoms a day or two before getting a migraine pain, you might observe:
- A short phase of depression
- Bad Temper
- Decreased hunger
- Food cravings
- Sore neck
- Yawning more than usual
Aura is usually referred to as the symptoms that appear shortly before or during a headache. They start gradually and grow. Their duration is mostly between 20 minutes to an hour. They usually begin slowly and build. Some of the signs of aura migraine include but are not limited to:
- Observing odd flashing lights
- The appearance of zigzag lines visually
- Confusion in thoughts
- Blind spots in the vision
- Feeling of pins and needles in the arms or legs
- Feeling stiffness in the shoulders, neck and limbs
- And there are few other sensations as well
The Migraine headache itself is excruciating most of the time. It involves severe throbbing and pulsing pain, affecting one side of your head or one eye. Its duration can be between 4 to 72 hours. The person may become extra sensitive to light due to which treating to a dark room is needed. People with migraine also become sensitive to smells, sounds, and touch. You might also feel sick to your stomach and even want to throw up. You can also get lightheaded, or your vision might get blurry.
Postdrome is the last stage. It usually lasts for around 24 hours after the headache comes to an end. You may feel:
- Exhausted and washed out
Doctors at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center
You need to see your doctor immediately if you feel severe migraine and you’re looking for a migraine cure. The headache usually starts when you are actively doing anything draining, coughing, or having intercourse. Sometimes after experiencing headaches, things don’t seem to get better for you, such as changes in your vision, a body part feels weak and you are not able to move it, having trouble in balancing and walking, you get fevers, or suddenly start losing weight without trying. You must not take it lightly and visit experienced doctors at Dr.Amal Al Qedrah Medical Center who will be able to treat you efficiently.
The first step to reach a migraine cure is to perform a proper diagnosis; for that purpose, various things need to be kept in mind. The doctor, typically a neurologist, will consult with the patient about a family history of severe migraine, your medical history, symptoms, and a neurological assessment. If there seems to be any complications, or an unusual condition of a patient, then further tests to tick off other causes for migraine pain may include:
These blood tests will be done to test for blood vessel complications, infections in your spinal cord or brain, and contaminants in your body.
An MRI scan utilizes a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of the brain and blood vessels. MRI scan helps in identifying tumors, strokes, infections, and other neurological conditions.
A CT scan utilizes a series of X-rays to generate comprehensive cross-sectional images of the brain. CT scan helps doctors in diagnosing brain damage, infections, bleeding in the brain, and other causes, which may be leading to a severe migraine.
Migraine treatment involves reducing symptoms and taking steps to prevent future attacks. If you want to get instant migraine relief, then the doctor may suggest a few options:
Migraine natural treatment
The doctor may suggest migraine natural treatment by utilizing a drug-free way to decrease migraine symptoms. These treatments can be done at home and might help you get instant migraine relief or at least help in reducing the severity and duration of the headache. Migraine natural treatment may include:
- Drink lots of water, because sometimes inadequate hydration also leads to headaches
- Take magnesium, as magnesium is an essential mineral needed for numerous functions in the body, involving blood sugar control and nerve transmission
- Get proper sleep. Sleep deprivation may cause many problems for a person in general as well as contribute to the cause of migraine pain
- Essential oils can also be used as they are highly concentrated liquids that contain aromatic combinations from a range of plants. They also have various therapeutic benefits and are most frequently used topically, though some can be consumed
- Consume a B-Vitamin Complex; B vitamins are a group of water-soluble micronutrients that perform many crucial roles in the body. For instance, they add to neurotransmitter synthesis and support turning food into energy
Migraine Treatment through Medication
The team at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center is fully equipped. They have extensive knowledge to deal with migraine patients and may guide for various medications in case of a severe migraine until you reach the doctor.
The doctor may suggest you follow some tips to ease the pain. These may include:
- Staying in a quiet, dark room
- Putting cold compresses on the painful areas
- Taking pain-relieving medications
- Consuming NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Medication)
- Taking prescription medications to relieve pain and boost sleep
- Using medication to treat related symptoms such as nausea and vomiting
Doctors may also prescribe medications to prevent migraines. These may include:
- Ergotamine (this may cause worsened nausea and vomiting)
- Anti-seizure medications
Pain-relieving medications are known as acute or abortive treatment; these types of drugs can be taken during migraine attacks and are intended to stop symptoms.
The treatment you need depends on the frequency and severity of your headaches, whether you experience nausea and vomiting with your headaches, how disabling your headaches are, and other medical conditions you might have. So, for proper consultation, according to your condition, you should make sure to get in touch with the doctor.
Migraine Clinic at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center
At Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center, a migraine clinic has been established for specifically treating patients looking for migraine treatment. Our doctors are highly qualified in nervous system disorders. Teams of doctors work collectively to bring you the most exceptional possible treatment for your migraine pain.
You may wonder if everyone with migraine needs to go to a migraine clinic. Well, the answer is simple, yes! Because migraine cannot be taken lightly as it can lead to severe problems if not appropriately treated with advanced medications. Unfortunately, there are not enough clinics that deal with headache and migraine.
But, at Dr. Amal Al Qedrah Medical Center, you will get the best treatment at our Migraine Clinic.
A headache or migraine clinic specializes in the diagnosis and migraine cure. Our migraine clinic is associated in dealing with neurological disorders and is supervised by a consultant neurologist and doctor with expertise in migraine pain.
A migraine clinic will be able to confirm if your attacks are migraine, evaluate your existing treatment, and suggest ways in which you can control your condition. So, book your appointment with our migraine clinic or just visit us for consultation at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center to get treatment to cure your migraine.