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The Progression of a Typical Migraine Episode

January 31, 2023
migraine relief in Winter Garden
migraine relief in Winter Garden

Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes moderate to severe headaches. They are often accompanied by other symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine can be divided into four stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. Each stage has its own symptoms, but the affected person may experience just one or several of these stages at once. 

In this article, we’ll go over these stages to better understand each and the most effective migraine relief in Winter Garden everyone is talking about.


Stages of Migraine

The four stages of migraines are as follows:

Stage 1: Prodrome

The prodrome is the initial phase of a migraine, and it typically lasts anywhere from hours to days. In most cases, the prodrome stage is quite subtle, making it difficult to recognize as an early warning sign of an impending attack. Additionally, it doesn't always include recognizable symptoms. The prodrome may not even include any pain at all—many people only notice prodrome because they become sensitive to light, smell or sound during this time. 

The symptoms associated with prodrome vary widely from person to person; some people experience nausea or diarrhea before their migraines strike, while others report feeling more irritable than usual or getting unexplained muscle tension in their shoulders or neck area.

Stage 2: Aura

Aura is a sensory disturbance, often visual, that precedes the migraine. It can be experienced as flashing lights or blind spots in your vision, odd sensations such as pins and needles in your hands or feet, or even weakness in certain parts of the body. 

Aura can also cause other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Some people may experience mood changes before an aura begins—such as anxiety or depression—and some may have difficulty speaking during their symptoms. These symptoms usually last minutes to hours, depending on how severe they are and whether they’re accompanied by a headache afterward.

Stage 3: Headache

The third stage of migraine is headache. This can be throbbing, pulsating, or pounding. It can also be unilateral or bilateral and located in the back of your head, front of your head, or both sides simultaneously. In addition to having a headache, you may also experience other symptoms including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

Stage 4: Postdrome

The postdrome stage is the last phase of a migraine attack. It can last between 24 and 72 hours and can cause “hangover” symptoms such as the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Light sensitivity (photophobia)
  • Mood changes
  • Tiredness
  • Impaired cognition
migraine relief in Winter Garden

Best Migraine Relief in Winter Garden - Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

If you suffer from migraine a lot, you may want to consider chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment can help with your migraines and other pain.If you suffer from severe migraines, upper cervical chiropractic care may reduce the frequency, duration, and intensity of your migraines. As a result, you may be able to get back to doing things that were previously difficult due to your headaches.

Once you’re ready to give this migraine relief in Winter Garden a try, you may visit Roe Family Chiropractic Upper Cervical Care. Dr. Matthew Roe, Dr. Aaron Pazik and the rest of our team will do our best to help you customize the best care plan for your migraine pain and other symptoms. 

Like in a typical consultation session, you will need to undergo a thorough assessment of your atlas and axis bones so you can receive a tailored-fit upper cervical care regimen. You will also need to provide key details on your medical history, especially previously sustained injuries to your head and neck. Dr. Roe and Dr. Pazik looks forward to providing you with the best experience when you visit our practice. You may book your appointment via our online consultation form to get started with your journey toward migraine-free days!


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