Know Your Pain

Atypical Migraine could be a Tricky Condition

Atypical migraine is not another kind of migraine. If your doctor has informed you that you have atypical migraine, it means that you suffer from migraine but the symptoms you show are not that of a typical migraine. The symptoms don't conclusively prove that you have migraine, but it is migraine underneath.

You may or may not have the common symptoms of migraine like throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The pain you get can be in the face or even in the abdomen. You could feel more irritable and uneasy. Or sometimes you will not feel pain at all, but will see distorted, zigzag visuals or flashing lights. It is often called as the silent migraine. Silent migraines happen more frequently in children. So generally, if you experience symptoms that look like migraine but are not exactly migraine, it can be said that you suffer from atypical migraine.

The right diagnosis:
Migraines are often misdiagnosed by doctors. They can wrongly diagnose your migraine as sinusitis or tension type headache. The situation becomes even more tricky for doctors when you have an atypical migraine. Since the condition is so rare, the chances of misdiagnosis go up. It is therefore important to describe your condition to the doctor in great detail. The supplements you take, your family history, and all the vague symptoms you experience should be told to your doctor. The doctor might prefer to treat your condition symptomatically. Depending on how you respond to treatment, the right combination of migraine medications can be fixed for you.

Also let the doctor know of any mental and physical changes you have made in your lifestyle. Anything might help in the correct diagnosis of your condition. The more the information you provide, the better it is for you.

Treatment options for atypical migraine:

In the past, people would just go to sleep or try some OTC medications. But now there is more and more information coming through and there are several things that can be tried to alleviate pain. Applying ice to the area of pain can help reduce inflammation and pain. Relaxation techniques and breathing exercises like those in yoga can be immensely useful. Acupuncture also helps alleviate several kinds of migraine.

Nowadays there are several good OTC medications to treat the symptoms of migraine. These pills can give quick relief. But if the symptoms recur, it is always good to see the doctor. Anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers can do the job for you.

It is good to take action as soon as the first symptoms of migraine occur. Early medication will not allow your pain to worsen.