Functional Neurology
of Middlesex County
Gregory Symko, D.C., D.A.B.C.N.
747 Main Street Suite 205
Concord, MA 01742
978.369.7070
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Migraines and Chronic Headaches

Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraines and millions go without treatment.  Migraines were thought to be a result of abnormally dilated or enlarged blood vessels but new imaging devices allow scientists to watch brains during migraine attacks.   People who suffer from migraines have been found to have abnormally excitable neurons or brain nerve cells

The migraine headache, or to be specific the migraine syndrome, is so called because many symptoms may accompany it. One may often experience dizziness, visual problems such as spots before the eyes or a flashing aura, redness, swelling or tearing of the eyes, muscle contraction, irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea before the onset of headache.

The headache can last for a few minutes to a few days and its severity may range from minor discomfort to immobilizing agony. Most commonly occurring in the temple,the pain can be anywhere in the head, face and neck.

A variety of headache closely related to the migraine is the cluster headache.  Attacks come on abruptly with intense, throbbing pain arising high in the nostril and spreading behind the eye on the same side.  The forehead may also be affected.  The attacks tend to occur from once to several times daily in clusters lasting weeks or even months and subside as quickly as they began.

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Headache pain occurs when pain sensitive structures of the head, the arteries of the brain and skull, tissues surrounding the head veins, the dura mata covering over the brain, and cranial nerves become inflamed, stretched, pulled, or are under pressure.

Migraine headaches can be classified into two types: classical and common.  The classical migraine is a headache that follows an aura or some type of spontaneous event such as numbness or tingling.  The aura may appear as flashes of light, squiggly lines or a halo effect.  The common migraine has no aura associated with it.  Common migraines are so called because they occur at a 3:1 ratio.

I have had success in the treatment and prevention of headaches by using a different approach: Brain Based Therapy.

If you would like more information, call 978-369-7070 to see how we can help you or someone you know.