Migraine or Common Headache?

Is it a migraine or a common headache? It’s not uncommon for us to mistakenly confuse common headaches for migraines. That said, for a headache to be qualified as a migraine, an individual will experience some specific symptoms, as described below.*

To be considered a migraine, there should be at least 5 episodes with the following features:

A. If not properly treated, the headache lasts for 4-72 hours

B. It should have at least 2 of the 4 following features:

  1. One sided location
  2. Pulsating quality
  3. Moderate or severe pain intensity
  4. Aggravated and/or causes avoidance of routine physical activity (e.g. walking or climbing stairs)

C. During the headache, at least one of the following symptoms are present: 

  1. Nausea and/or vomiting
  2. Difficulty in tolerating light and/or sound

Factors, such as weather conditions, can attribute to the occurrence of migraines, however the majority of migraines reported are symptoms of depression—63% were classified with minimal or mild depression. Before reaching for a pain killer, this research denotes a more comprehensive approach to managing migraines. For example, a homeopathic approach is an alternative holistic modality that considers all psychosomatic aspects of the patient. A homeopath considers the patients emotional background, likes and dislikes, cravings, aversions, etc. This approach is the essence of homeopathic treatment.

There are two triggering factors for migraine headaches that can vary from patient to patient. The combination of depression and a triggering factor often creates a vicious cycle for migraines. Some patients who suffer from migraines experience an ‘aura’ or some weird sensations that comes on first, which is then followed by a severe headache. When the patient senses this “aura” or sensation that is associated with their migraines, they stress because of the anticipation of an attack. This self-induced stress, coupled with depression, is the actual trigger of the migraine attack. In other words, there was no initial triggering factor, however the patients artificial anticipation resulted in the actual onset of the migraine episode, that may not have otherwise manifested.

So, how do we break the cycle? First, we have to get rid of the artificial episodes. To reach this goal, it’s most helpful if patients are mindful of the underlying culprit and dedicated to challenging their habitual mindset. As a homeopath, we provide the tools, support and protocols to address the concern, however it’s ultimately up to the patient to commit to the ongoing process. In addition, there are homeopathic remedies that will both assist in correcting the inner environment of the patient and will help with acute migraine episodes. To find out which remedy is best suited for you, speak to a Registered Homeopath and effectively conquer your migraines for good!

*The following features are not for the purpose self diagnose. For a precise diagnosis speak to a medical professional.