Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

That aching, pounding headache that turns into a blinding migraine is something 47 million people in America suffer. This is about 15 percent of the population. Adult women However, in childhood, more boys experience migraines than girls. suffer the most though as 75 percent of those who experience migraines are female. There are different types of migraines and reasons why they happen, which we’ll focus this post on. Our next post on migraines will be how chiropractic care can ease the occurrences of them. 


What is a migraine?


Migraines are more than a headache. They are often accompanied by searing head pain, nausea, vomiting, brain fog, and sensitivity to light and sound. 


There are generally two different kinds of migraines: the classic migraine known as the migraine with aura and the common migraine known as the migraine without aura. Aura are the sensory issues that accompany a migraine. 


The migraine with aura happens in about a quarter of all migraine cases and includes a severe headache, sensitivity to light, dizziness, and maybe ringing in the ears or vision issues. The majority of migraines are those without aura which include many of the same painful symptoms as with aura but typically without the sensory sensitivities and vision problems. 


Other types of migraines


There are several other types of migraines that people can have, such as:


  • Silent migraine – this is when you don’t have a headache but have aura symptoms. 
  • Abdominal migraine – this one usually happens in children and includes stomach pains along with nausea and vomiting. Those symptoms can change into a classic migraine with time. 
  • Ocular or retinal migraine – this is a dangerous one and you should seek medical help immediately. Symptoms include either partial or total loss of vision in one eye and often a dull ache behind the eye, which can be short-lived. However, it can spread throughout your head. This could also be called a Ophthalmic migraine. 
  • Menstrual migraine – this happens when a headache is connected to a woman’s menstrual period. 
  • Vestibular migraine – if you have a history of motion sickness, you may be more prone to this type of migraine, which includes vertigo, nausea, balance issues, vomiting, and could have a headache or not. 
  • Hemiplegic migraine – symptoms of this kind of migraine can mimic a stroke – short paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, numbness, dizziness, and possible vision changes. Get medical assistance immediately. 
  • Status migrainosus – people with this type of migraine suffer pain so severe that sometimes they go to the hospital. Pain can last with this kind of migraine up to or more than 72 hours. Sometimes these are caused by medication or medication withdrawal.
  • Chronic migraines – this is when a patient suffers from migraines 15 or more days per month. 


Causes of Migraines


Even though migraines affect so many Americans, doctors still aren’t sure of the exact causes, which can be really frustrating for those who suffer from them. Doctors have figured out that often migraines pass through families and think that triggers like fatigue, super bright lights, or sensitivity to weather changes can cause them. 


The medical community also believes changes in brain chemicals can trigger migraines:


They think many brain chemicals — such as serotonin, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and dopamine — play a role. According to the theory, a wave of nerve cell activity spreads across the brain and excites the trigeminal nerve. This causes the release of neurotransmitters that trigger a change in the size of blood vessels, releasing more neurotransmitters and finally causing an inflammatory process and pain.


Even things like smells, stress, certain foods, and hormone levels can trigger migraines. 


Treating Migraines


Many people who suffer from migraines find that being in a dark, quiet room, using cold compresses on trigger points, taking over the counter pain relievers, or using prescription meds. 


It may be helpful to keep a diary of when your migraines happen and what was going on before it, what you ate, what kind of stress you were under, or any other possible trigger points. Some people find that limiting foods/drinks that may trigger migraines like: 


  • Red wine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate (sorry)
  • Cheese
  • Foods with a lot of preservatives


There are several ways chiropractic care can help treat migraines, which is what we’ll discuss in the next post. If you’d like to come into our office for a consultation on how we can help treat your migraines, please call Greenville Spine at (864) 631-1420. We’d love to see how we can help you live a pain-free life.



3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, In 2020 there was one person injured due to an auto accident every 11 minutes.  The economic loss due to traffic collisions in the state was upwards of $4.42 billion in 2020, the latest data available. Workplace injuries are far more common, according to the National Safety Council, which states a worker is injured in some way in the United States every seven seconds. This equates to 540 work injuries per hour and more than 7 million per year

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or have suffered a workplace injury, you know how scary it can be and how uncertain the future of your health can be. Similar emotions are felt if the accident is work-related as well. It’s scary to face a future with injuries and not knowing how to best recover. At Greenville Spine Institute, personal injuries are a specific focus of Dr. Kevin P. Lewis and his staff. They understand how you feel and know how to help. 

Most common types of personal injuries 

The most common injuries due to traffic accidents are:

  • Soft tissue damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, 
  • Upper or lower back strains, and 
  • Whiplash.

For workplace injuries, the most common ones are: 

  • Sprains, tears, and strains, and
  • Chronic back pain (especially for those who sit for long hours).

These types of injuries can almost always be treated with expert chiropractic care. In fact, it is these kinds of injuries that are treated most at Greenville Spine. It’s important to see a chiropractor soon after being injured however so you can be properly assessed and a treatment plan can be created for your specific injuries. 

Chiropractic Care & Personal Injury Claims

While expert chiropractic care from Greenville Spine Institute can certainly help you to feel better and recover from your injuries, chiropractic care can also help when it comes to personal injury claims. One of the primary problems following a personal injury is that it’s hard to find the right treatment options. Should you go to the hospital, primary care provider, specialty physician, or somewhere else? Because the majority of personal injuries in both car accidents and workplace injuries are ones to ligaments and tendons, an expert chiropractor is an excellent first option since it is these types of injuries that we treat the most. 

Here are three ways we can help with personal injury claims: 

  1. Through an extensive consultation, we are able to create a treatment plan specific to your injury(ies) that involves zero drugs or invasive surgeries. This type of treatment is much less expensive than using medication and surgical options to treat injuries that may very well be fixed through regular chiropractic care. 

  1. Initial (and sometimes longer) treatment may be covered by insurance if you see a chiropractor immediately following your personal injury. Our office staff can help you navigate the medical paperwork needed to file your claim and possibly have chiropractic care covered. 

  1. By taking proactive steps to assess injuries and start treatment, your chances of winning your personal injury claim typically are higher since you’ve established the injury with a medical professional and have documentation through your chiropractor’s records. 

If you’re an attorney and need to figure out the best course of action for your client, please contact us. We consistently work with personal injury attorneys to make sure their clients have the best possible care for injuries and treatment plan for the future. 

Personal Testimony 

This is from one of our patients who came to Greenville Spine following an accident:


My husband and I were referred to Dr. Lewis after an automobile accident by one of his patients. I am eternally grateful that we listened to my co-worker that urged us to go. We went through a full physical therapy treatment and my husband bounced back and is feeling better than ever before! I unfortunately got into another accident, and Dr.Lewis did not hesitate to get me in and get scans done. He is extremely informative and caring! I’m in the middle of my second physical therapy treatment, and I know that if it wasn’t for Dr. Lewis, his wonderful staff, and their masseuse Amanda, I probably wouldn’t be able to do anything that is required of me in daily life. Working behind a computer every day would be near impossible without these people in my life.

So really, if you are in need of a Chiropractor, look no further because you won’t find a better doctor out there.

Deanna R., Greer, SC 

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