Migraines are a recurring kind of headache, usually affecting one side of the head and characterized by their severity. They often have unique symptoms like sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, weakness, and visual anomalies like arcs of light. These symptoms are usually exacerbated by movement, and many find some relief by laying in a dark, quiet room until the migraine subsides. Afterward, during a period called the “postdrome,” you may feel exhausted, weak, and even confused for up to a day.
There are 4 main factors that contribute to the onset of a migraine: Hormonal, Nutritional, Musculoskeletal and Neurological. These 4 factors encompass several known triggers that can vary widely from one person to another. These triggers are not limited to, but may include:
- Hormonal changes
- Bright/flashing lights
- Sudden weather changes
- Lack of sleep or too much sleep
- Loud noises and strong smells
- Medication or migraine medication overuse
- Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
- Fermented, pickled, or aged foods
We at San Diego Brain Center, strive to address each of the many contributions to your condition. We know that suffering from migraines can dramatically impact your quality of life and it is our goal to treat the root cause of your pain, rather than just masking your symptoms. We want to help you regain control of your migraines so that you can experience a better, more pain-free life.