37 million Americans suffer from migraines, but that figure may actually be larger due to undiagnosed silent migraines. What is a silent migraine? It is a migraine that does not have a headache as one of the symptoms.
If that statement surprised you, it’s probably because you have the same idea about migraines that many do, sometimes even physicians—that migraines are just a really bad headache. However, migraines are actually a neurological condition with many symptoms. A bad headache is just the most common one of these symptoms. What else may characterize a migraine if there is no headache to help identify it?
Symptoms of Silent Migraines
The symptoms of a silent migraine often depend on the type of a migraine that it is. For example, a Vestibular migraine particularly affects the vestibular system which controls balance. As a result, the primary symptoms of the migraine may be dizziness, vertigo, nausea, and vomiting. A headache may or may not accompany these symptoms.
Ocular migraines primarily involve vision problems. Vision may be temporarily lost in one eye. Or a person may see spots, zigzag lines, and other visual symptoms. Sensitivity to light is also common. Again, these symptoms can appear with or without a headache.
Other silent migraines may exhibit a mix of the symptoms noted above along with other things such as:
- Stomach pain (often diagnosed as an abdominal migraine)
- Loss of appetite
Whether your migraines are silent or involve a screaming headache, what can you do to seek natural help?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Migraines
When the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the top of the neck are out of alignment, this can cause the neurological and vascular circumstances that characterize migraines. In order for the brainstem to function optimally and proper blood flow to the brain to continue, the subluxation needs to be corrected. Using a gentle process, an upper cervical chiropractor can correct just such a misalignment. For many the result has been relief after just 1 or 2 adjustments.
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