Migraine Aura: Warning Signs and Symptoms

The term ‘aura’ means a sensation of air or breeze, classically.  This sensation is most noted for the way that it precedes the onset of a migraine or epileptic seizure.  There are often warning signs in life when things are about to happen.  This is just as true, if not more so, with regard to our health.  A migraine aura is a perfect example of your body’s warning signs.  Some describe the aura as an almost 6th sense, similar to how the prodrome phase of your migraine symptoms may slowly arise.  This phase is characterized by a vague sense that a migraine is coming.

For those suffering with these types of headaches, this may elicit feelings of anxiety or fear.  The migrane aura is a common sign that occurs in many people with migraine headaches.  There is still a lot that is unknown about this type of headache.  However, even with our lack of full understanding behind migraine causes, there is still hope for helping you with alleviating your pain.

There is nothing different about a migraine with aura symptoms and one without.  The aura appears to be a set of varying sensations that people experience hours before the onset of an attack.  Some of the more common symptoms include visual disturbances (blurred vision, wavy lines, bright flashes of light and blind spots, called scotomas), altered sense of smell in some people, extreme fatigue, and even stroke-like symptoms (blurred speech, weakness in an arm, dropped eyelid).  Some of these same symptoms are actually what individuals experience as part of their headache pain.

Is the aura headache related, only?  No.  In fact, it is possible to experience aura symptoms without developing a headache at all.  Auras are also not noted in other types like cluster headaches.  Even though the pain is extreme with this type of headache, it is often a sudden onset.  Very commonly, there are migraine triggers that will elucidate the onset of an attack and many of these can be lifestyle related.  Smoking is a common trigger for both migraine and cluster headaches.

The most common form, the tension headache, shares some of the symptoms with that of migraine, but can be distinguished by its presence on both sides of the head.  Migraines often are located on just one side of the head.  If you suffer with headaches everyday, it is more likely to be tension-related than migraine, but your local health care practitioner can help you to figure this out.

This is an important point to make, especially since what you’re really looking for is help with your headache pain.  Specific migraine treatment centers and procedures have popped up all over the country as millions of Americans suffer from them.  Treatment often consists of pharmaceuticals that are taken as either a preventative or abortive agent.  That is to say, many of the migraine medicines are for prevention of the onset while some are taken only once an aura or the prodrome phase indicates an attack is near.

However, there are other treatment choices as well.  In our office, we offer Network Spinal Analysis care, sometimes called Network Chiropractic, that is a gentle and effective form of chiropractic.  A recent study was published in the peer reviewed Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics (JMPT) that demonstrated a significant benefit of chiropractic in helping people with migraines.

If you’re tired of suffering, contact us today to schedule your appointment.  Our doctor has been a chiropractor in Gilbert since 1998 and enjoys helping people re-discover their life and their passions again.  If you’re ready to get your life back, call us today.


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