Ouch! It is on this side. What kind of headache does it call if it is on the side? It is migraine. Then we have to find our spine specialist.
To find out why. Good Morning.
Good Morning. I have headache on one side.
Is it call migraine headache? If the headache happens on one side, most likely, it should be migraine. What are the two kinds of migraine headaches? There are two kinds of mirgaine headaches. One is called classic migraine headache and it happens less often. The other one is called common migraine headache and it happens more often. ok.
Today we are going to talk about the classic migraine. Less often is called classic migraine.
It is like the one he is having. Ha! Ha! My acting is classic, but what is the meaning of classic migraine headache. Classic migraine consists of 10 to 15% of all migraine headaches. Patients are usually females, pain is located on one side and squeezing. There are early symptoms (prodromes) as well, for example, fear of light. Maybe increase in blind spots or flashing. Flashing?
That is correct. These are more severe symptoms. How long does this type of migraine last?
It can last from one hour to a few days. It is tough.
Yes, very tough. Is there a research study done to explain why happens more often on females? Females have lots of burden already.
Yes, why adding migraine!? Why choose her?
It is related to hormone release. Oh! Just before their period, females will have a higher chance of having mirgraines. Could you explain to us what is the cause of migraines? The cause is usually related to the inflammation of blood vessels.
Cause abnormal stimulation of cranial nerves. This is the first causation. The second causation is the trigeminal nerves and upper cervical (C1-C3) nerves malfunction. You can see the diagram. One, two and three.
Does the face divided into three parts? That is correct.
These three areas are called the trigeminal nerve area. Oh! I see.
I thought it was a nerve with three branches at the back. They are three different areas. Therefore, three areas on one side and they make up migraine. Is there anything we can do?
Including habits, lifestyles and food, that can trigger migraines. For lifestyles, sleeping habits can trigger migraines. Pollutions, even though it already better in Toronto than in Hong Kong.
There are lots of pollutions in the environment. Medications, medications can also trigger migraine. Food is the most important. Many times, we are allergic to food. What are the examples? For instance, chocolate, preservatives, food enhancers, cheese, nuts.
It is hard to avoid! Does it mean we need to avoid?
That is correct. For those who have migraines, they had already known what they eat will cause migraine. Oh. I see.
And of course, females may not be able to avoid the hormone imbalance. Yes, you had just mentioned that it happens more often in females. Now we know the cause, what can be done, in your opinion, to treat this difficult disease? What are the treatment methods? Like to avoid eating certain nuts, chocolate… Of course, we can avoid food that can cause migraine. Also, we can also treat by chiropractic adjustments because it can be caused by the first three bones of the upper neck. With adjustments, we can reduce the pain from migraine. Also, acupuncture can help. Do you do acupuncture? I do acpuncture as well.
You do acpuncture too! So, that is one of the treatments as well.
That is correct. Some dietary supplements can help as well. Omega-3. You had heard about this already. Also, magnesium.
Potassium? Magnesium! Yes, magnesium and this is for females. Bananas have lots of magnesium?
It is potassium. Pretend I did not say it. Ha! Ha!
He got a nerve pinched! For others, like calcium and Vitamin B complex can help as well. Medication can also help, but for this type of migraine, the effect will be stronger. If taken more than three days, there could be a rebound effect. Meaning the medication will cause you headache instead. So, it is better to avoid it.
We may not be able to avoid it if it is the final solution. When will this medication be prescribed?
Doctor will prescribe it according to your condition. If it is milder, just pain killers may do the job. For severe cases, maybe having the presciptions ready at home are necessary. Does it mean, for patients who had tried adjustments, acupuncture and dietary supplements and still feeling pain, should go to see specialist? Yes, go to see specialist and found out the other recommendations. Ok. That is good. Today we have talked about classic migraine. Even though, not too many people will have it, only 15%? 10-15%
But we are going to talk about the common migraine, right? We will talk about it next time.
We should worry about the common migraine. Every time you are so relaxing but we are having headache. Ok.
I start to have … For you, just don’t eat chocolate, don’t eat anything. I can’t.
And don’t get hormone imbalance. Don’t get mad from your husband. I can get better if I don’t get mad from you.
Ha! Ha! Thank you very much, Ronnie. Thank you.