WHAT IS IT? VASCULAR/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

  • One sided

  • Inability to carry on with normal activities of daily living

  • Throbbing nature

  • Nausea

  • Visual disturbances (loss peripheral vision, flashing) onset 20 min before headache

  • Vertigo

  • 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)
  • Stress
  • Tiredness 

     

 

HOW TO SELF MANAGE
  • Medication (eg sumatriptan or aspirin)

  • Lie in dark room

  • Identify triggers and avoid them

 

 

PROGNOSIS
  • 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?
  • Assist with identifying triggers

  • Exclude cervical contributing factors

  • Acupuncture treatment

  • Referral to GP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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