For some, headaches come and go. They may not recur for a few days or even months. However, there are others who have headaches on an almost daily basis. If one has headaches for more than 15 days during a 30-day period, this is considered a chronic headache condition. These headaches can be put into subcategories:
- Chronic tension headaches
- Hemicrania continua – headaches affecting one side of the head and face
- Chronic migraine
- Medication overuse or rebound headaches
Many wonder if headaches that occur so often can have any negative effect on the brain. Unfortunately, the answer to this is yes. Research has proven that those with chronic headaches and migraines have changes in the tissue of the brain when compared to those without a headache condition. Over a long period of time, loss of brain tissue is noted.
Researchers have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause for why brain tissue is lost with both migraines and chronic headaches. Thus, they are continuing to research this matter.
What Is the Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache?
Migraines are often more severe than chronic headaches. They are not technically headaches. Rather, they are a neurological problem that presents with a headache as just one symptom. The symptoms of a migraine are:
- Throbbing or pulsing pain
- Sensitivity to light, sound, and certain smells
- Nausea and vomiting
- Exertion increases pain
A Link Seen Between Chronic Headache and Migraine Problems
There is a common solution that has seen much success in the area of caring for both migraines and headaches. A link has been seen between both of these conditions and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. A misalignment here can cause pressure on the brainstem and may hinder the flow of blood to and from the brain. Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use a gentle method to realign the bones, thereby restoring communication and blood flow. This is often all that is needed to see a decrease in headaches and migraines.
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