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The Stages Of A Migraine

August 8, 2023

Most people often refer to any severe headache as a migraine. But a migraine is more than just a severe headache. It is a complex neurological condition that often occurs in stages. Recognizing these stages can help you better manage and cope with the symptoms.

Understanding Migraines

Migraines are intense and often debilitating headaches that last between 4 and 72 hours. In most cases, a migraine headache affects one side of the head and, more often than not, is accompanied by several associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound.

The Stages Of A Migraine

Prodrome Stage

The prodrome stage is often the first indication that a migraine attack is imminent. It typically occurs a day or two before the actual headache begins. During this stage, individuals may experience subtle changes such as mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, increased thirst and urination, neck stiffness, and muscle tension.

Recognizing these early signs can allow individuals to take preventive measures or manage their triggers more effectively.

Aura Stage

About a third of people with migraines may experience aura symptoms in the moments leading to the migraine attack. Auras are sensory disturbances that affect vision, hearing or other senses. Visual disturbances, such as seeing flickering lights, zigzag lines, and partial blindness are the most common.

Other symptoms may include tingling sensations, speech difficulties, and temporary loss of motor coordination. Auras typically last for about 20 minutes to an hour before subsiding.

Attack Stage

The headache stage is perhaps the most recognizable and debilitating phase of a migraine attack. It is characterized by intense, throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. The pain may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and a general feeling of malaise. This stage can last anywhere from 4 hours to several 72 hours, significantly impacting daily functioning and overall quality of life.

Postdrome Stage

Once the headache subsides, individuals enter the postdrome stage, also known as the migraine “hangover.” During this phase, one may experience fatigue, difficulty concentrating/brain fog, muscle soreness, mood changes such as feeling irritable or euphoric, and residual headache symptoms.

The postdrome stage can last several hours or days, and individuals may feel drained and need time to rest and recuperate.

Are Migraines Preventable?

Although there is no guaranteed way of preventing migraines, there are steps you can take to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. To begin with, keeping a migraine journal can help you identify possible triggers and avoid them.

Maintaining a regular sleep routine, staying hydrated, and sticking to a healthy and balanced diet can also help prevent migraines. Additionally, practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and other mindfulness practices may also prove helpful for some people.

Migraine Treatment

If preventive measures are not enough to manage your migraines, there are several medications available that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. These include over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and prescription medications like triptans, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications.

Final Thoughts

Migraines can cause debilitating pain and severely impact your quality of life. While effective treatments are available, they may not always provide the desired relief for everyone. That’s where Soft Reboot Wellness comes in.

Our state-of-the-art clinic offers personalized ketamine treatments tailored to meet the individual needs of every patient. Ketamine infusion therapy has shown promise in providing relief from migraines when other treatment options have failed.

If you’re tired of living with persistent migraines that can’t seem to go away despite trying different treatment options, we invite you to explore the possibilities that Soft Reboot Wellness has to offer.

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