Migraine

Migraine

Do you have headaches that can’t be cured?

A migraine is not just a severe headache. A migraine is a headache that may be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound.

A migraine attack usually lasts between four hours and three days. Some people suffer from this several times a week. Others may only experience attacks every few years. If you experience headaches for 15 or more days each month and eight of those headaches are migraines, this is called chronic migraine.

While migraines are not life threatening or shorten your life on earth, they can significantly reduce your quality of life. A study by the World Health Organization determined that migraine is the sixth largest cause in the world compared to “years lost due to disability” (which can also be understood as the number of years spent in a non-ideal health condition). Recurrent migraines can have a negative impact on family and social life and employment.

The main types of migraines:

  • migraine without an aura (sometimes called common migraine);
  • migraine with aura (sometimes called classic migraine).

About a third of people who suffer from migraines experience an aura before the attack. Although most auras occur before a migraine, they can occur during or even after the headache stage.

Aura is the name for a portion of a migraine that consists of a series of temporary neurological symptoms. The main symptoms of aura are vision problems such as blurred vision (difficulty focusing), blind spots, flashes of light, loss of half of the visual field (hemianopia), or a zigzag pattern moving from the central visual field to the edge.

Other symptoms of the aura include tingling (as if pins and needles are thrusting into the skin) and numbness on the face, lips, and tongue, or on the hands and feet; speech problems, such as slurred speech; dizziness; a stiff neck and very rarely loss of consciousness.

Who can test migraine?

Anyone can get migraines. Affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men. This usually begins at an early age, although the diagnosis can be delayed or missed until it becomes a problem, often in working or middle age. Migraines usually become less problematic in older people, although they can start at any age.

What are the types of migraine?

Migraines can be acute (90%) or chronic (10%); with aura (10-30%) or without aura (70-90%). Some people have a migraine aura without a headache.

People who have symptoms of migraine experience more headaches than people without migraines, but not all of these headaches are typical migraine attacks. Many experts believe that “tension headache” is simply a faceless form of migraine. “Ice pain” is an instant stabbing pain in any part of the head. People with migraines are more likely to suffer from alcohol hangover, road sickness, and dizziness.

If you have a migraine, the causes can vary. We don’t know the exact cause of migraines, but researchers believe the answer lies with genetics. Migraine tends to appear in families, but that doesn’t mean everyone in the family suffers from it. The disease often occurs in immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters). It is speculated that a combination of several different genes could decide whether a person will develop the disease, and there is a lot of research being done to try and determine which genes those are. One very rare form of migraine, called familial hemiplegic migraine, has actually been traced back to a specific gene.

The symptoms of migraine in women are three times more likely than in men. It is believed to have a lot to do with hormonal factors. Women may find that they experience pain just before or just after the start of their period. Some women find that oral contraception (pills) can cause migraines. It may be that women experience migraines as they approach menopause, or that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes migraines.

Diagnostics and treatment of migraines at MC Altimed

If you have migraine, diagnosis at our medical center will help confirm the diagnosis and prescribe effective treatment. We run ATM Express Vega to determine the processes in the tissues. Also, with its help, the specialist determines the treatment plan that suits you.

In order to understand the state of all your organs and the immune system, it is necessary to perform a functional screening. It shows accurate results.

We carry out diagnostics non-invasively, which means that you will not feel pain or discomfort.

Remember that migraine treatment is possible only after a deep examination. Sometimes third-party diseases are revealed, or it turns out that the pains are caused by psychosomatics.

What is a migraine?

People used to think that a migraine attack was caused by blood vessels in the head that narrowed and then enlarged (expanded), but this is now known to be not the case.

There may be changes in blood flow, but this is due to changes in the way nerves send messages around the brain (nerves are cells in the brain and body that communicate with each other and send instructions to different parts of the body through the transmission of electrical signals and the release of chemicals).

Migraine is now clearly established to be a disorder of nervous activity in the brain. Seizures and symptoms are caused by changes in nerve activity in certain areas of the brain. These nerves send signals to other nerves and organs in the body, resulting in various symptoms.

It is likely that the nerves between the trigeminal nucleus in the brainstem (the part of the brain just above where it joins the spinal cord) and a part of the brain called the thalamus are responsible for amplifying nerve signals in migraines.

The trigeminal nucleus has a number of functions and collects information about sensations from the face and forehead, neck and shoulders, and from the lining around the brain (meninges).

Worsening migraine symptoms can usually include increased awareness of external factors (eg, increased sensitivity to noise, light, or certain odors). This can sometimes mean that those experiencing migraines become irritable and want to get away from people and their surroundings and be in darkness and silence.

This increase can also lead to symptoms caused by an increased awareness of normal bodily functions. Quite often, many doctors believe that these migraine symptoms are caused by psychological problems and refer to these patients as “functional” or “neurotic.” Migraine is a common and very real cause of these types of symptoms, and migraine can provide a clear explanation of what is happening here without flagging such patients as having psychological problems.

A person experiencing frequent migraines will become aware and less tolerant of normal nerve signals from within the body.

This increased understanding of normal body sensations in a migraine may, for example, mean that the normal sensation is heightened, causing tingling or soreness of the skin or even pain in the legs and in various parts of the body, including the chest, abdomen, pelvis, neck, joints, or muscles.

There may be intestinal discomfort, the heart may seem to be pounding or beating violently, or dizziness may occur.

More than half of patients visiting a doctor with a dizziness problem will be diagnosed with migraine as the cause of their dizziness.

Therefore, patients who may have a long list of symptoms and seem to be worried about relatively trivial issues may actually have a tendency towards migraines caused by this intensification rather than have psychiatric or psychological problems.

Migraine causes

The condition is common in families, and if one or more close relatives are experiencing migraines, it is more likely that you do too.

There are various triggers that can lead to a migraine attack, including:

  • emotional: such as stress, anxiety, or depression;
  • physical: for example, tiredness or tension, especially in the neck and shoulders;
  • hormonal: some women experience migraines during their period;
  • dietary: skipping meals, drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, and eating certain foods such as chocolate or cheese;
  • environment: for example, bright light or stuffy atmosphere;
  • medications: including sleeping pills and combined birth control pills.

It often takes more than one trigger to trigger an attack, such as being under emotional stress and skipping meals.

There are several types of migraines, including:

  • migraine without aura – the most common type in which migraine occurs without special warning signs;
  • migraine with aura – where there are certain warning signs, just before the onset of the migraine;
  • aura of migraine without headache, also known as silent migraine – when an aura or other migraine symptoms are felt, but the headache does not develop.

Some people get migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people have migraines only occasionally. You can walk for years between migraine attacks.

When should you contact MC Altimed?

A common and key symptom of migraine is severe headache on one side of the head.

The pain is usually a moderate to severe throbbing sensation. This sensation gets worse as you move. Cluster headaches can interfere with your normal activities.

In some cases, pain can occur on both sides of your head (more often in children than in adults) and can affect your face or neck.

Other symptoms commonly associated with migraines include:

  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • increased sensitivity to light and sound – this is why many people with migraines want to relax in a quiet dark room;
  • sweating;
  • poor concentration;
  • it gets too hot or too cold;
  • abdominal pain;
  • diarrhea.

Not everyone with migraines experiences these additional symptoms. Some people can experience them without headaches.

Migraine symptoms usually last four hours to three days. You may feel very tired for a week afterwards.

Aura symptoms

About one in three people with migraines have temporary warning symptoms, known as pre-migraine aura. This includes:

  • vision problems – for example, seeing flashing lights, zigzag patterns, or blind spots;
  • numbness or tingling, such as pins and needles – which usually starts in one hand and travels up the arm before affecting the face, lips, and tongue;
  • feeling dizzy or unbalanced;
  • difficult to speak;
  • loss of consciousness – although this is unusual.

Aura symptoms can usually:

  • develop within five minutes;
  • last up to an hour.

Some people may experience an aura accompanied by only a mild headache or no headache at all.

What to do with migraines? Contact qualified professionals who will assist in eliminating symptoms. In the future, it is necessary to treat migraines under the supervision of experienced specialists.

How is the treatment of migraines at Altimed MC?

You are interested in the question “How to cure a migraine?” We have found a solution that brings positive results in a short time.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an effective method that non-invasively stimulates the cerebral cortex with short magnetic pulses. After the first session, you will feel relief and many of the symptoms will disappear.

How to deal with migraines at home? We offer to buy the ATM Helper ML apparatus for physiotherapy at home, which will allow you to eliminate the emerging signs of the disease while at home, and with regular use, even get rid of it altogether.

Why choose MC Altimed for the treatment of migraines?

If you are thinking of how to get rid of migraines quickly, contact our medical center in Kiev for help. Over the years of our work, we have provided assistance to many of our patients who have forever forgotten what migraine is.

We have modern equipment of our own production. Each client has an individual approach. We practice non-invasive diagnostic methods in which you do not experience pain or discomfort. This is especially true if a child develops the disease.

By signing up for a consultation with us, you will no longer have questions about how to get rid of a migraine, since you will not remember what a headache is after the treatment we have undergone.

Improve your quality of life by getting rid of bothersome headaches and all the consequences.

To make an appointment with us, call 0-800-600-0-80 (free of charge).

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