A Quick Look at Silent Migraines
It is estimated that more than one billion individuals currently suffer from migraines. Of course, most of us associate this condition with the sheer amount of pain that it can cause. This is why it is interesting to note that another type of migraine can sometimes occur; typically referred to as a “silent” migraine. What are silent migraines and what are some of their most common symptoms? What causes silent migraines to occur and are there any useful treatment options to consider? If you have ever suffered from migraines, the information below could be quite helpful.
Silent Migraines at a Glance
The main difference between a silent migraine and a normal migraine is that silent migraines will not cause any type of pain. The phases of a silent migraine will nonetheless remain the same. Here are some common symptoms that you may experience during the first (prodrome) phase:
- Stiffness around the neck
- Feelings of hyperactivity
- Cravings for food
- Digestive issues such as cramps or constipation
These symptoms can occur during the aural phase:
- Tunnel vision
- Seeing spots or wavy lines
- Odd smells or tastes
- Numbness or tingling in certain areas of your body
- Having difficulty remembering specific words or phrases
We also need to remember that you can experience other issues even if there is no apparent pain. Some of those who suffer from silent migraines have reported problems such as confusion, vomiting, an increased sensitivity to lights or sounds, vertigo, hot flashes, chills, or a sore jaw. Similar to a normal migraine, you might also feel physically exhausted after the symptoms themselves have abated. Let’s also remember that experiences will depend upon the individual and not everyone will feel the same sensations.
What Causes Silent Migraines?
Researchers believe that silent migraines can be triggered by the very same situations that may cause a standard migraine. Caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, nuts, and certain foods can all lead to a silent migraine. Other factors such as bright lights, changes in weather or loud noises have likewise been known to trigger a silent migraine. Those who are stressed, frequently skip meals or do not obtain the appropriate amount of sleep are more prone to silent migraines (and migraines in general).
Your Treatment Options
While there are some differences between silent migraines and their painful counterparts, the good news is that treatment options tend to be the same for both. Most professionals recommend that you first find what triggers an episode (such as the causes mentioned above). Avoiding these triggers will help you to prevent silent migraines. Be sure to speak with one of our Chiropractors if you suspect that you may be suffering from silent migraines to see how we may be able to assist you, as tightness in the neck is one of the main triggers. Contact us today and book in your initial assessment.