What is a Migraine?
“Is a migraine just a headache?” This is a fairly common question that many people have because of how similar the two issues are. While both a headache and a migraine can produce moderate to severe pain in the head, only a migraine produces a number of other symptoms that make dealing with the issue much more difficult. The pain produced by migraines tends to be more intense and debilitating. The pain also typically occurs in one side of the head. People who suffer from migraines may also experience:
- Sensitivity to light
- Temporary loss of vision
- Pain behind one or both eyes
- Spotted vision
Chronic migraines are defined as migraines that occur at least 15 times per month for a period of more than three months. Of those 15 migraines, at least eight need to be accompanied by the other symptoms of a migraine for the issue to be considered chronic migraine. A person suffering from chronic migraines may experience headaches that they do not consider to be migraines, but these headaches must still be accounted for so that an accurate diagnoses can be made.
It is possible for a person to develop chronic migraines overtime. These individuals will notice that the frequency of their migraines gradually increases until it reaches the point where they are experiencing at lease 15 migraines per month. The development of chronic migraines is broken down into four states.
- No migraine
- Low-frequency episodic migraine – 10 or less per month
- High-frequency migraine – 10 to 14 per month
- Chronic migraine – 15 or more per month
When seeking treatment for your chronic migraines, make sure that you have an accurate log of the days you experience a migraine or headache. This information is essential and will play an integral part in the formulation of your treatment. Dr. Pouratian can discuss your treatment options for chronic migraine at his Dallas location, including a migraine surgery known as nerve decompression.