The occasional headache comes as a byproduct of life’s stresses. But migraine headaches are another matter. Some people suffer from chronic migraine headaches for years before finding relief. In other instances, migraine headaches could be warning signs of other problems. Here are some signals your migraines could be giving and what you can do about them.
Migraines and Heart Disease
While it may not make sense to think that migraine headaches and your heart health share a connection, a surprising fact is that they share a link.
Studies suggest that chronic migraine headaches may double the risk of heart disease. Some experts believe that migraine headaches can lead to heart attacks also.
Many experts think the connection between migraines may be from inflammation or blood clotting issues, but this hypothesis hasn’t been confirmed.
Migraines and Sensory Issues
A migraine symptom to watch out for are migraines that cause you to see auras. An aura is a sensory disturbance that adds to the discomfort migraines bring. Signs of sensory issues caused by migraines may include sensations of
- Lights flashing around you
- Tingling of the hands
- Tingling in the face
- Seeing spots
- Changes in your vision
- Blind spots
Migraines and Stroke Risk
Auras caused by migraines can lead to mild sensory issues, but in some cases, sensory disturbances can lead to serious trouble.
Some people experience muscle weakness, slurred speech, or numbness in their bodies because of migraines. If you or a loved one display any of these symptoms, seek emergency help immediately and call 911. Symptoms like these are classic warning signs of a life-threatening stroke and need immediate intervention.
The Connection Between Migraines and Mental Health
Chronic stress and anxiety share a link with the presence of migraines. Some experts believe that a history of traumatic events can lead to migraines, so stress management strategies are crucial to combat the effects of migraines.
Sometimes symptoms of depression or anxiety come after chronic migraines develop. Experts aren’t sure why this happens, but some speculate that brain chemistry may factor into the link between mental health and migraines.
If you have migraines and want to learn about your treatment options, call or Show Low office to schedule a consultation at 855-768-4968.