Migraines are incredibly painful headaches that aren't just a throbbing or pulsing pain in the head — they are often accompanied by other issues such as nausea,
sensitivity to sound and light, and vomiting. The pain associated with these occurrences may last for a few hours to several days at a time. Migraines can occur multiple times in a single month, and get worse with certain activities and other factors in your surrounding environment. In fact, migraines affect a significant portion of the population and is ranked as one of the most debilitating health conditions worldwide.
Migraines are classified as a primary headache type. They can involve three stages: prodrome, headache, and postdrome. A migraine does not always include
all of these stages.
In the prodrome stage, which occurs a day or two before the migraine, Vancouver patients notice some of
the following symptoms: neck stiffness, hyperactivity, uncontrollable yawning, depression, constipation,
irritability, and food cravings.
Occasionally, patients may also have the sensation of a temporary aura (lasting up to an hour), a nervous system disturbance that
affects vision, speech, or movement. Speech or language issues, a pins-and-needles sensation, seeing
flashes of light, and vision loss are among the potential symptoms. These symptoms can last for 20
minutes to an hour.
In the headache stage, patients experience the migraine itself. Symptoms include throbbing pain on one or
both sides of the head, nausea, lightheadedness, blurred vision, vomiting, fainting, and sensitivity to
sound, light, and smells. The migraine can affect the patient for anywhere from four hours up to
In the postdrome stage, which happens after the headache, patients often report that they feel drained of
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Why Do I Have Migraine Headaches?
Research is still being conducted regarding the causes of migraine headaches. Various environmental
factors may be partially responsible. Many cite brain chemical imbalances such as irregular serotonin
levels as a potential factor, and one’s genes may also be a cause. If a close family member has migraines, then it is highly likely that you have migraines too.
Migraines are often triggered by things like changes in hormones, medication use, physical and emotional
stress, eating foods that are processed, salty, or contain various additives; sensory stimuli, drinking
alcohol or caffeinated drinks; skipping meals, environmental changes, and sleep schedule changes.
Patients are more likely to have migraines if they have had one by age 40 or if they have a family
history of migraines. Little boys are more headache-prone than little girls; however, after puberty,
women become more headache-prone than men.
Patients who have migraines and who have tried other solutions should consider Botox as
a treatment option. It is most effective with muscle-related migraines.
Botox is an effective Health Canada-approved treatment for migraine headaches. This injectable treatment
is used specifically for the prevention of migraines. Every 12 weeks, several precise injections are
administered in the head and neck region. Fine needles are used, and discomfort is minimal. These result
in suppression of migraines.
Treatment can reduce the occurrence and intensity of your migraines for up to 6 months.
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