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Migraine Relief in Frederick, MD

Whether you suffer from frequent, chronic migraines or they’re something that just became a problem recently, there is help for your migraines.

Rather than taking a pill or receiving an injection, Lipinski Chiropractic offers non-invasive, safe treatment for migraines from our office in Frederick, Maryland. 

You get the relief you need from your pain so you can get on with your life. Call today for an appointment!

What Is a Migraine?

A migraine is a type of severe headache that can cause throbbing in one particular area that can vary in intensity. These headaches are sometimes preceded by warning symptoms, and can be debilitating in some people.

Migraines can be chronic, meaning that sufferers experience migraines over a long period of time, or they can be triggered occasionally by things such as hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, or exercise.

Migraine Symptoms

Many migraine sufferers first experience these headaches in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood.

Migraines can progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, attack, and post-drome. Not all migraine sufferers go through all four stages.

Here are some of the common symptoms of a migraine:

Prodrome

One to two days prior to a migraine, you may notice some subtle symptoms that warn of an impending migraine, including:

  • Constipation
  • Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Frequent yawning

Aura

Auras can occur before or during migraines, and are reversible symptoms of the nervous symptoms. 

In most cases, symptoms of an aura are visual, but they can include other disturbances. Each symptom typically begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, and lasts for 20 to 60 minutes.

Some migraine aura include:

  • Visual phenomena, including seeing shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light
  • Vision loss
  • Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
  • Weakness or numbness in the face or on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing noises or music
  • Uncontrollable jerking or other movements

Attack

For most people, migraines last from four to 72 hours if left untreated. The frequency of migraines varies from person to person, and can occur occasionally or several times a month.

Some things sufferers experience during migraines include:

  • Pain, usually on one side of the head, but often on both sides
  • Pain that throbs or pulses
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch
  • Nausea and vomiting

Post-Drome

Following a migraine, you may feel physically drained, confused, and lethargic for up to a day. Some people report feeling exhilarated.

Sudden head movement may briefly revive pain.

When to See a Doctor

In many people, migraines go undiagnosed and untreated.

If you regularly experience the signs and symptoms of a migraine, keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Make an appointment to discuss your headaches with your doctor.

If you have a history of headaches, make an appointment with your doctor if there is a change to the pattern of your headaches or if your headaches suddenly feel different.

You should see your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you have any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
  • Headache with fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness, or trouble speaking
  • Headache after a head injury, especially if the headache gets worse
  • A chronic headache that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining, or a sudden movement
  • New headache pain if you’re over 50 years old

Migraine Causes

There are a variety of things that can trigger migraines, and each person’s triggers are different.

Some common migraine triggers include:

  • Hormonal changes in women: Fluctuations in estrogen, such as before or during menstrual periods, pregnancy, and menopause, can trigger migraines. Hormonal medications, such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, can worsen migraines.
  • Drinks: Alcohol, especially wine, and too much caffeine, can trigger migraines.
  • Stress
  • Sensory stimuli: Bright lights, sun glare, loud sounds, and strong smells all can trigger migraines.
  • Sleep changes: Missing sleep, getting too much sleep, or experiencing jet lag can trigger migraines.
  • Physical factors: Intense physical activity, including sexual activity, may trigger a migraine.
  • Weather changes: A change to the weather or barometric pressure can cause a migraine.
  • Medications: Taking oral contraceptives and vasodilators, such as nitroglycerine, can cause migraines.
  • Foods: Some aged cheeses or salty and processed foods may trigger migraines, as can skipping meals or fasting.
  • Food additives: Aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG), among other additives, can trigger migraines.

Risk Factors for Migraines

There are several things that can make you more likely to have migraines, including:

  • Family history: If you have a family member who experiences migraines, you have a good chance of developing them, too.
  • Age: While migraines can begin at any age, most people first experience them during adolescence. Migraines tend to peak during your 30s, gradually becoming less severe and less frequent later in life.
  • Sex: Women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men.
  • Hormonal changes: For women who experience migraines, headaches may begin just before or shortly after the onset of menstruation. They may change in severity and frequency during pregnancy or menopause, generally improving after menopause.

Common Migraine Treatments

Treating a migraine is as individual as the person experiencing the headache. Some people will respond to certain types of treatment while others will not.

Some common migraine treatments include:

Medications

Medications for migraine treatment come in both pain-relieving medications, to be taken during a migraine, and preventative medications, taken regularly to help reduce the severity or frequency of migraines.

Frequently prescribed medications include:

  • Pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Triptans
  • Dihydroergotamines
  • Opioids
  • Anti-nausea drugs
  • Blood pressure-lowering medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Botox injections

Lifestyle Changes

Making some changes to your overall lifestyle can have an impact on how frequently you experience migraines, and how severe those migraines are when they strike.

Practices that can help soothe and prevent migraines include:

  • Moving to a dark, quiet room once symptoms start.
  • Placing a cool cloth or ice pack wrapped in a towel on your forehead or the back of your neck.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as biofeedback and meditation.
  • Develop a consistent sleeping and eating routine.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Maintaining a headache diary, including when you experience symptoms, how intense they are, and even what you ate or did in the days and hours leading up to a migraine.
  • Exercising regularly, which can reduce tension and help prevent migraines.

Other Treatments

A variety of non-traditional therapies and treatments have proven helpful to those suffering from migraines.

Some of these treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Specific herbs, vitamins, and minerals
  • Chiropractic

How Chiropractic Can Help with Migraines

Migraines can arise from tension in the neck and upper back, which can be caused by a misalignment of the spine or inflammation.

Chiropractic care is designed to gently correct these misalignments, called subluxations, to improve blood flow to the muscles and tissues, decreasing inflammation and improving overall health and well-being.

By decreasing tension in the neck and back, it reduces tension and pain in the head, and can decrease the frequency and severity of migraines.

If you think chiropractic care could be beneficial to your migraines, schedule your first appointment today.

Dr. Lipinski consults with you regarding your symptoms, your medical history, and your lifestyle, developing a customized treatment plan to help combat your migraines. You may feel relief after your first adjustment, or it may take a few sessions before you notice your symptoms subsiding.

Get Migraine Relief at Lipinski Chiropractic in Frederick, MD

If you’re ready to live your life without so much fear of experiencing your next migraine, without invasive procedures and medications, contact Lipinski Chiropractic today for an appointment!