When a Migraine is More than just a Migraine

Migraine, Headaches, Pain, Relief, Headache, Migraines There are many different types of migraine headaches. It is important information to know because 25% of women and 8% of men get a migraine sometime during their life. This is an extremely painful disorder. Not everyone gets a headache with a migraine. That is one very common symptom, but there are other symptoms that may be more prominent. What are these?

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems

Migraines are not all the same. There are various kinds that come with their own symptoms. Some of the more serious, less-known migraines are:

  • Hemiplegic migraine: Paralysis or muscle weakness is seen on either the left or right side of the body. Speech and vision are affected, similar to symptoms of a stroke.
  • Ophthalmoplegic migraine: Most common in young adults and children, this migraine begins as severe pain behind the eye. Double vision, droopy eyelids, or even paralysis of the eye can be present. Seizures and vomiting are also common.
  • Retinal or ocular migraine: Visual disturbances, such as flashing light, blind areas in the field of vision, and even blindness in the eye can occur with these migraines. They generally come on before the onset of a migraine headache.
  • Vestibular migraine: Vertigo is a classic symptom of this migraine. Vertigo is a feeling that a person or one’s surroundings are spinning. Feeling off balance, ringing in the ears, and feeling unsteady can all come along with this type of a migraine.

Where to Find Help for Migraines

A misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae is often the cause of migraines, no matter what type they are. This is due to the fact that the brain communicates with the body through the brainstem. If one of the top vertebrae is misaligned, these signals become distorted. Also, blood flow and oxygen to the brain are compromised.

By seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, a person may just find the relief he or she is looking for. At Living Well Chiropractic, we examine your upper neck closely to determine if there is a misalignment. Then, through gentle adjustments, we can help the body to begin healing. Many patients have reported positive results.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/