Did you know that there are many different subtypes of migraines and, therefore, the way you experience a migraine may be quite a bit different from how it is experienced by someone else? Here is a look at some of the different migraine subtypes that have been identified:
- Abdominal Migraine: Affects the belly rather than the head and may result in stomach pain, nausea, appetite loss and vomiting.
- With Brainstem Aura: Previously referred to as the basilar type of migraine, this type of migraine includes sensory, visual or speech or language symptoms along with at least two of the following: vertigo, slurred speech, tinnitus, unsteadiness, double vision and severe sensitivity to sound.
- Chronic: Headaches occur 15 or more days per month for more than 3 months with migraine symptoms occurring during at least 8 days each month.
- Hemiplegic: Includes an aura accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body. The aura and other symptoms typically subside within 24 hours. The symptoms are similar to those associated with a stroke, but no nerve damage occurs.
- Menstrual: Generally occur two days before the start of a woman’s period and last through until three days after it ends. Women may also experience migraines at other times of the month, but the menstrual migraine typically does not include the aura.
- Ocular: Also referred to as a retinal migraine, this rare migraine type involves seeing flashing lights, colors and other visual changes. It may also include loss of some or all vision in one eye that typically lasts for less than one hour.
- Ophthalmoplegic: Includes pain and weakness around the eye and may last for a week and result in double vision, droopy eyelids and other eye changes.
- Silent Migraine: A migraine without a headache, but an aura may occur or you may also experience nausea and other migraine symptoms. Symptoms typically last 20-30 minutes.
- Status Migrainosus: Ongoing migraine that lasts longer than three days and may be so intense that it requires hospital care. This type of migraine may be caused by some medications or due to medication withdrawal.
- Vestibular: A migraine that includes vertigo, which may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
If you suffer from migraines or headaches in general, contact Advanced Spine and Rehab to learn more about how we can help.