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Migraines are a very complex study with many sub-types. The following information is a basic overview. Some patients only experience one migraine in their lifetime, others have recurring migraines.

Migraine headaches can occur with a preceding aura (classic migraine) or without a preceding aura (common migraine).

According to headache classification standards, migraines have cardinal signs including unilateral, pulsating quality associated with moderate to severe pain, photophobia, phonophobia and migraine-related nausea. Head pain is very common, but not always present during a migraine episode.

Blurring or loss of central or peripheral vision can occur with a migraine attack. Specific migraine types that may masquerade as other neurological disorders include vestibular migraine, ocular migraine, and hemiplegic migraine.

Patients benefit from acute management of symptoms until the episode resolves. The long term approach to migraines usually includes identifying triggers, dietary restrictions, and ongoing management by an integrative healthcare provider or team.


This blog is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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