Part of the work we do at Central Florida Total Healthcare is understanding how certain conditions affect our bodies, especially recurring pains like Headaches. These can occasionally happen due to circumstance or prompted by a related cause, and there are many types of headaches that encompass different responses and symptoms. Some headaches can be minor inconveniences that can occur at any time, while others are indicative of a major internal problem.
One of these types of headaches are migraines, which can cause severe throbbing pain that is often described as a pulsing sensation. Migraines usually occur on one side of the head, they affect anyone from children to adults alike, and they can last anywhere between a few hours to several days, with the pain being so severe that it can interfere with daily activities.
Migraine symptoms and severity vary across four stages. Not everyone will go through all four of them, but these stages are the following:
Prodrome: subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine.
- Increased urination
- Mood changes
- Frequent yawning
Aura: visual disturbances and other sensations that start gradually and build up over several minutes.
- Temporary loss of vision
- Visual phenomena, such as seeing spots or flashes of light
- Weakness in body
- Difficulty speaking
- Needle sensations in limbs
Attack: migraines lasting up to 72 hours or longer, even several times a month if left untreated.
- Pain on one side of the head or on both sides
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch
- Throbbing and pulsing pain
Post-drome: effects after a migraine attack.
- Feeling drained or confused
- Brief pain with sudden head movements
While migraines are not fully understood, different factors can cause migraines to occur, often related to changes in the brainstem and its interactions with other neurotransmitters.
Some migraine triggers include:
- Hormonal medications and changes
- Alcoholic or caffeinated drinks
- Stress or sensory stimuli
- Sleep changes
- Food additives
- Intense physical exertion
- Weather changes
- Other medications
Migraines can be difficult to deal with, and the impairment they cause us when they happen can be detrimental to our health. However, learning how to recognize when they happen and having the ideal treatments for them can improve and minimize their frequency, and it’s part of the ideal patient work we perform at Central Florida Total Healthcare. Our medical team is here to give you the best treatment and service, managing your health in the most beneficial way possible. The health of our patients is of the utmost importance to us.
If you are suffering from migraines, you can call us at (407) 392-1919 or you can visit our website to schedule an appointment with our team.