Which Type of Migraine Headaches Do You Get?

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

Ordinarily, if you mention you have a migraine, many people would assume the throbbing pain will be solved with rest. Not many realize that there are several migraine types, and your migraine can be treated based on which type you are experiencing.


Just like any other medical condition, migraine headaches are symptoms of a deeper medical problem. Correspondingly, the type you have will determine the treatment you will need. Understanding your body more will go a long way in easing the stress brought upon by nagging and persistent headaches.


There are two basic types: the migraine with aura and the migraine without aura. Migraine with aura is mainly concerned with visual problems such as flashing lights or spots, varying patterns with different shades, blind spots, and tunnel vision. If you experience this type of headache, there is a strong likelihood that you have neurological problems. If this complication is accompanied with some form of distortion in your sense of taste, smell, or hearing, you should consult a neurologist and ask his medical opinion about your headache.


The type of migraine without aura is basically because of the lack of blood flow in your system. When your trigeminal nerve cells releases too much protein molecules, it may result in a reaction from the meninges. When there is lack of blood flow in this membrane, you will get a nagging pain on one side of your head. The migraine might worsen if you start doing physically challenging activities. You will also experience fatigue and nausea.


Other types of migraine that is not very common are the hemiphlegic and ophthalmoplegic migraines. Hemiphlegic headaches can cause temporary paralysis and numbness at the onset, followed with migraine. Since this can incapacitate you and cause you to be immobile, you should get medical attention as soon as you feel it coming. Ophthalmoplegic is a migraine type that happens as a result of pressure in the nerves behind the eyes. This headache will cause weakness around the eye muscles.


Two migraine types only happen to women. These are the Bickerstaff’s Syndrome, also known as the Basilar Artery Migraine, and the hormonal migraine. The first type occurs when the flow of blood at your nape and neck is blocked. This will cause women to have slurred speech, unconsciousness, disorientation, and inability to balance.


The second type of migraine exclusive to women happens during their menstrual cycle when their estrogen level is lowered and their blood vessels become blocked or limited.


If you experience migraines on a regular basis, it would be best to consult a physician. It is essential to diagnose your type so that the necessary medications and instructions can be given to you.


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