Migraine headaches are characterized by intense pain on one or both sides of the head, nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and blurred vision.
They usually consist of four stages. You may or may not experience all four stages.
1 – Prodrome is considered as a warning sign for migraine sufferers which alerts them of an impending migraine.
2 – Auras are mainly visual disturbances which may take the form of flashing lights and/or bright colored lines and can cause a temporary loss of sight. They occur due to electrochemical changes in the brain.
3 – Migraine Headache: The attack itself is the most debilitating part of the migraine and can last up to 72 hours.
4 – Postdrome is the “migraine hangover” phase. It may take some migraine sufferers several hours or days to recover from the actual headache. Some migraine sufferers refer to this as the “zombie” phase because of a lack of concentration or comprehension, fatigue, and depression. The symptoms of this phase are often attributed to the medication taken to relieve the migraine.
Medication can be a life-saver, especially if your migraines are frequent and intense enough to really disrupt your life. But most medications treat the pain itself, not necessarily the root imbalance that caused the migraine in the first place.
Simply put, migraines are a severe stress response to a certain trigger, and the triggers will vary from person to person. While it’s important to discover and manage your migraine triggers, Neurofeedback at Asheville Brain Training can actually help the brain stop responding to those triggers, thus preventing the migraine cycle from ever taking hold.