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I Am A Migraine Sufferer

Do You Need Migraine Treatment?

Do you struggle with recurring migraines? Has it taken a toll on your ability to perform at work and interact socially? Don’t despair, there is finally an effective migraine treatment solution and Sydney Headache and Migraine Clinics can help!

It doesn’t matter if your suffering has spanned 20+ years or whether the condition has recently developed. Our revolutionary migraine treatment solution does not require medication or surgical intervention, meaning relief from those crippling headaches is within reach without compromising your health further.

Book an appointment today and start reclaiming control of your life again!

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Migraines Explained

What Are Migraines?

Migraines are a type of recurring headache that can range in severity from mild to debilitating. They’re most commonly felt on one side of the head and may cause pulsing or throbbing sensations, as well as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. Migraine episodes typically last between 4-72 hours and can interfere with daily activities.

Migraines often commence during teenage years and most affect those aged 35-45 years. It can however affect children and infants, as well as the elderly 1.

Migraine is an incredibly widespread but often underestimated health concern, with a global prevalence of 14.7%. Even more concerning is that it affects women three times as much compared to men and 1 in 7 people will suffer from at least one migraine attack during their lifetime 2. Due to the high prevalence, this condition is more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined 3. It is also more common in females and affects women three-times more than men 4.

The staggering financial costs coupled with the unbearable physical symptoms make this condition devastating for individuals around the world. In Australia alone there is an estimated 4.9 million migraine sufferers 5,6 which is directly and indirectly costing Australia $35.7 billion per annum 5.

According to the Migraine and Headache Australia organisation, 4 out 5 with chronic migraineurs are mis-diagnosed or mis-treated in Australia.

As there are approximately 300 different types of headache conditions, it’s important for those who experience frequent migraine headaches to get proper diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional.

A man experiencing a Migraine

Symptoms You May Experience

How to Define Your Migraine

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Aura
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Upset stomach
  • Sensitive to light, sound
    or smell
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Pins & needles in an arm or leg
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Disturbed concentration
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

About The Assessment Stage

What To Expect During The Assessment

1. Comprehensive and in-depth examination

We instigate an in-depth assessment to identify all possible related factors that could be causing your headaches or migraines. The upper cervical spine, in particular, is thoroughly examined to identify possible issues.

2. Ligamental stability and vertebral arterial tests

We undertake careful examination of neck ligaments and vertebral arteries, ensuring only the highest standards of patient safety and comfort.

3. Temporarily reproduce your headache and migraine symptoms

As a part of the treatment process, we apply gentle and selective stress to the upper cervical spine in order to reproduce headache symptoms, which subside after 20-30 seconds. This helps to identify and treat the cause of your headaches.

Common Migraine Types

Abdominal Migraine

Abdominal Migraine consists of abdominal pain, as well as associated symptoms of vomiting nausea. It is a form of migraine that is sometimes described as a Recurrent Gastrointestinal Disturbance.

Hemiplegic Migraine

Hemiplegic migraines are associated with weakness, or even paralysis, on one side of the body. These symptoms can be quite alarming given their similarity to those of a stroke or epileptic seizure. Hemiplegic migraines often are associated with the more common migraine symptoms, like; aura, nausea or vomiting. Reported prevalence is very low, at 0.1%, however it is commonly mis-diagnosed and treated as epilepsy.

There is a familial link, with many sufferers of hemiplegic migraine also having a direct family member who also experiences the same symptoms. However, this is not always the case and cannot be used a predictive risk factor.

Given the difficulty in diagnosing this condition, a proper assessment is essential to get the right treatment!

Menstrual Headache

It is common for women in Brisbane to experience migraines with their menstrual cycle. 60% of women migraineurs regularly experience their symptoms with their menstrual cycle, and 14 % will exclusively experience them at this time. The symptoms are those of a classic migraine, or migraine with aura. Pain is often unilateral, and described a moderate to severe throbbing.

Despite the high prevalence of these types of headaches, there is minimal research that has suggested a link between hormone levels and menstrual migraines. Also, when hormone medication is used as a treatment, it very rarely has considerable levels of success.

In these cases, having your migraines thoroughly assessed is essential to have a good recovery.

Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches are the 6th most common health condition in the world. They are characterised by a moderate to severe, unilateral headache. As well as the headache, it is common for sufferers to experience symptoms like; nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound and smell, dizziness and aura. The severity of the pain and symptoms makes Migraine headache one of the most debilitating health conditions, accounting for thousands of days off work each year in Australia.

Migraines were initially though to be a caused by changes to the vascular symptom in the brain, however modern research suggests that this isn’t the case. Traditionally, doctors have used triptan medication to treat the symptoms of migraine headache, with mixed results. This may because these medications don’t target the true cause of your symptoms.

Why Clients Come To Us

Our Migraine Treatment Plan

We only treat those headache and migraine sufferers who have gone through our unique assessment procedure, and who we determine is suitable for treatment – approximately 85-90% of those we assess. This approach ascertains a high likelihood of success. Utilising our unique Prevent Headaches4Life Plan, we assess, diagnose and develop a specific treatment plan for your specific migraine condition.

Tools for managing migraines.