A headache is quite possibly one of the most annoying pains we can have. It doesn’t matter what the duration is, a headache will pretty much ruin your day. When headaches extend and the pain becomes more and more intense there is some cause for worry. When the pain intensifies to a certain level and you just can’t function, it’s time for action. When you have a severe and painful headache you have the worst headache that exists, a migraine. So what is the complete definition of a migraine?
In an article in medicalnewstoday.com a migraine is defined as “a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.” When a migraine comes around it’s important to engage in diagnostic imaging procedures. A migraine is far more than a torturous headache that stays with you for days.
PET scans of patients that suffer from migraines show that migraines are not a response to pain but an actual brain disorder. With this new development it’s important to note that there is a better step forward in order to help control migraines. The symptoms themselves are telling. The types of symptoms that give way to a possible migraine are neck discomfort, nausea, yawning and phonophobia.
Often times migraines were and still are attributed to allergies, allergic reactions, physical and emotional stress, alcohol, or smoking. These PET scans do establish the brain’s reactions and activity prior to the actual headache. Headaches are a dangerous proposition when they get to the migraine level. With this latest development it would be interesting to see how diagnosis and treatment are approached.
While there will be hurdles given the many issues with how insurances regulate diagnostic imaging procedures, chances are that eventually there will be some provision when it comes to this sort of condition.