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Headache and Migraine Facts

Headaches and migraines are one of the most common and debilitating conditions affecting people on the Gold Coast, and Australia. 90% of the population reports experiencing at least one type of headache, while 16% have experienced at least one migraine before. Despite how prevalent headaches and migraines are, a consistent treatment hasn’t been found.

Headaches can be classified into two categories, primary and secondary. Secondary headaches are headaches that are caused by a known pathology. While primary headaches are of an unknown cause, and can account for about 90% of all headaches.

The three main types of primary headache are; Tension-Type Headache (TTH), Migraine and Cluster headache. Some examples of secondary headache include; sinus headache, medication-overdose headaches and headaches resulting from tumours.

While there are over 300 different types of headaches and migraines, according to the International Headache Society, the clinicians at Gold Coast Headache and Migraine Clinic are trained to give you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Tension-Type Headache

Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache, with 90% of people on the Gold Coast expected to have experienced at least one. Pain is described as a tight-band around the head, and is often mild to moderate in severity.

Chronic Daily Headache

Chronic daily headache is often similar in nature to TTH, but a diagnosis is given if you experience more that 15 headaches in a month. Pain will be located around the head, neck or face, lasting minutes, hours or days.

Migraine Headache

These are one of the most well-known and debilitating headache types, but still account for 30% of all headache types. Migraine headaches are often one-sided, and can often come with a raft of ‘associated symptoms’, like; visual auras, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea.

Do you get bothered by light, sound or smell while you have a headache?

Do you feel nausea, or vomit, when you have a headache?

Are you unable to function while you have a headache?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be experiencing Migraine Headaches. Talk to a clinician at Gold Coast Headache and Migraine Clinic for your specific diagnosis

Menstrual Migraines

If you experience migraines that are associated with your menstrual cycle, then you may be experiencing from Menstrual Migraines. Symptoms can be regular at any time during the menstrual cycle, most commonly at menstruation and/or ovulation.They are often debilitating.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headaches are far less common than other types of headache, but are frequently reported as far more extreme and severe than all other types. Attacks last anywhere between 15-180 minutes, and usually will be experiences several times per day. Sufferers will experience periods of regular attacks, with periods of remission and no attacks at all. Associated symptoms include; a blocked or runny nose, teary or red eyes and droopy eyelids.

The Cause

The clinicians at Gold Coast Headache & Migraine Clinic will assess your brainstem, to see if this is the true cause of your headaches or migraines. The most modern research has shown that the brainstem is a likely cause of headaches and migraines, with 94% of headache and migraine sufferers experiencing a sensitised brainstem.

The Treatment

If our clinicians can prove that your brainstem is the cause of your headaches and migraines, then they can start working to de-sensitise it. This is a two-step process. Step one, involves correcting any upper cervical spine dysfunction that is detected during your assessment. Then, in stage two, your clinician will repeatedly recreate and resolve your headache symptoms, until it is no longer possible to reproduce your headache symptoms. At this point, your brainstem will be ‘de-sensitised’, resulting in far less headache and migraine symptoms.

 Imagine a life without the effects of headaches or migraines!