WHAT IS IT? MIGRAINE HEADACHES
A vascular headache is typically termed a ‘migraine’. A history of 5 or more similar headaches is necessary to be diagnosed as a migraine sufferer.
Signs and symptoms
- Sudden onset
- Inability to carry on with normal activities of daily living
- One sided
- Throbbing nature
- Visual disturbances (loss peripheral vision, flashing) onset 20 min before headache
- Duration of hours
- Aggravated by climbing stairs
- Eased with migraine medication
- Eased with vomiting
WHAT CAUSES IT?
- Triggers such as sensitivity to light, smells, foods, noise
- Possible family history
- Medication (endocrine – oral contraceptive, HRT, or vasodilators)
HOW TO SELF MANAGE
Medication (eg sumatriptan or aspirin)
Lie in dark room
Identify triggers and avoid them
Likely to be an ongoing issue
Trigger identification is important
Patients generally become good at sensing the onset and manage their condition appropriately (often with medication).
HOW PHYSIO HELPS?
Joint mobilisation of the ankle, subtalar and foot joints
Massage and deep transverse frictions
Ankle mobility exercises
Review of activity, modification of, and then progressive return to sport
Referral for x-ray or orthopaedic investigation if necessary
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