Suffering from a bad headache and wondering how to get rid of it? Discover 5 different types of migraines and how you can find relief now.
Do you relate to this scenario — the temples of your head are pounding, you see flashes of light, you experience nausea, you’re sensitive to all senses, and you’re barely able to move.
This is called a migraine.
12% of the population suffers from migraines. These massive headaches are powerful enough to knock even the healthiest person off of their feet.
Migraine sufferers know the drill — right when the pounding headache comes along, they turn the lights off and lie down in bed until the agony ceases.
But did you know there are different types of migraines? Here are the 5 migraines you likely never heard of — and the ones you could have.
1. Ocular Migraine
Ocular migraines are identified by vision loss in one or both eyes. Most only lose vision for a short time, about an hour. But severe cases cause the user to lose vision all day or longer.
2. Hemiplegic Migraine
Hemiplegic migraines are rare but they’re serious. They have symptoms of a stroke —temporary paralysis and muscle weakness are two of the most common symptoms. This is met with the severe throbbing pain of a traditional migraine.
3. Vestibular Migraine
If you suffered from traditional migraines for a long period of time and experience nervous system issues, you could have a vestibular migraine.
These symptoms are related to vertigo, such as dizziness. Keep in mind, head pain doesn’t always come with these types of migraines.
4. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Like the well-acclaimed book, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is identified by visual disturbances. These include changing colors, objects moving on their own, objects and even body parts looking bigger or smaller, and distorted faces.
This experience is also similar in those with epilepsy.
Many professionals think AIWS is better characterized by the “aura” migraine sufferers experience.
An aura is a sensation that serves as a warning sign, telling the individual a migraine is on its way. AIWS is a more severe version of the typical aura experienced.
How to Treat a Migraine
What do you do if a migraine sets in? Unfortunately, your options are limited.
Many health professionals recommend taking over-the-counter painkillers and prescription medicine.
But the best course of action is to prevent migraines. You can do so with treatments such as functional medicine.
Getting plenty of sleep and exercising often are the two best migraine preventative measures.
Exercise, in particular, releases endorphins. These are your body’s natural painkillers. Getting enough sleep also reduces your stress, which is a common migraine trigger.
A well-balanced diet can also do wonders, specifically eating enough magnesium.
Magnesium deficiencies result in cortical spreading depression and they alter nociceptive processing and neurotransmitter release. All of these are migraine trippers.
Eat plenty of magnesium-rich foods and take a supplement, if necessary.
From Hallucinations to Vision Loss: Hope to Never Get These Types of Migraines
Traditional migraines are bad enough to make anyone weak and hide in their bed.
But there are many types of migraines and all cause the individual to suffer from intense headaches and other symptoms.
Identify which type of migraine you have and use this advice to treat and prevent your migraines.
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