Migraines: Take notes, read the signs

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Migraines can be so debilitating that people have to miss work or call someone over to help them look after their children. Symptoms and signs that a migraine is coming can be different for everyone. Try keeping a journal of your personal experiences to help you determine triggers and symptoms in order to stay ahead of the situation.

Through your journaling, you may notice that 24 to 48 hours prior to a migraine starting, you may feel extremely tired, grouchy or depressed, nervous or restless. Alternatively, some individuals report feeling full of energy and extremely awake and happy in the hours before their headache hits. Others lose their appetite and some crave particular foods or find they are excessively thirsty. Know your body so that you can recognize anything out of the ordinary.

Aura symptoms

Approximately 1 out of 5 individuals experience an aura or a warning that a migraine is imminent. For many patients, the aura begins approximately a half-hour prior to the headache starting. Common aura symptoms include feeling pins and needles or a numbness in the face, arms or hands or seeing flashing lights, wavy lines or spots in front of the eyes.

Migraine symptoms

The following are commonly reported signs that a migraine is in full swing:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Throbbing pain on one or both sides of the skull
  • Pain that intensifies with regular physical activity
  • Pain behind one eye
  • Significant pain that interferes with your regular activities
  • Pain that intensifies when you are around smells, light and noise

Less common symptoms include:

  • Short-term weakness on one side of the body
  • Tingling sensations in your shoulders, arms or face
  • Difficulty speaking

Note that if you have never experienced the less common symptoms before, they are very similar to a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), therefore, contact a health professional immediately to rule out these other serious health concerns.

Some people report success with including more Vitamins B1 and B2 in their diets through supplementation. Other people find that their migraines occur after eating certain foods or ingesting too much caffeine. In your migraine journal note everything you ate and drank for up to 24-48 hours prior to an onset see if you notice any common triggers.

Numerous people find that artificial fragrances in perfume, body care products and laundry soaps can cause severe discomfort. Use the process of elimination to try and avoid items that seem to bring migraines on. Write down anything you discover or even suspect in your journal.

Many other people seemingly have no known triggers or patterns to their attacks. Unfortunately, their symptoms also don’t decrease with the standard drug therapies. For a long time, these have been the individuals who most often come to see their situations as hopeless; the ones who have to just endure the pain while their quality of life spirals lower and lower. Thanks to recent breakthroughs, however, a whole new avenue of treatment called TruDenta has opened up that has revolutionized the approach to healing these challenging migraine cases.

Dr. Jared Ward at Fort Collins Headache Center is a specially trained TruDenta dentists who can treat migraines using this remarkable new diagnostic and treatment system. He can relieve symptoms that may have plagued you for years and which have not responded to any other form of treatment.

Book a consultation exam with Dr. Ward today to see if you are a candidate for this powerful new therapy. In just 20 minutes it will be clear whether TruDenta is the right course for you. If it is, a personalized treatment plan will be created to have you symptom free in just 12 or fewer weekly visits. Call Fort Collins Headache Center today at 970-672-8517 or use the contact form on this page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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