What the NERVE!

What’s really behind your migraine pain? 

Hey there!  Ready for the science behind your migraine pain?

If so, forewarning this one’s a little more educational based but worth the read if you really want to know what's behind your pain.

We’re diving into the connection between nerves and migraines.

Did you know migraines are a type of headache that occurs in people whose nervous system is more sensitive than others?

This sensitivity is often due to genetics, and it means that nerve cells in the brain are easily stimulated, producing electrical activity.  This activity spreads over the brain, causing various disturbances in functions like vision, sensation, balance, muscle coordination, and speech.

These disturbances are known as the aura and occur before the headache.

It's important to note that not everyone with migraines experiences the aura, and some people may not notice it every time.  The actual migraine headache occurs when the trigeminal nerve, the 5th cranial nerve, is stimulated.  This nerve originates in the brain stem and covers the face with three branches on each side of the head.

The trigeminal nerve is the main sensory nerve of the head and sends impulses, including pain impulses, from various parts of the face to the brain.

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Stimulation of the trigeminal nerve can cause a range of symptoms, including eye symptoms, nasal congestion, pain in the teeth, tinnitus, and even facial droop.   These symptoms can persist between migraines if the nerve gets irritated frequently enough and are often mistaken for other ailments instead of migraine symptoms.

This is key here-read that again…

These symptoms can persist between migraines if the nerve gets irritated frequently enough and are often mistaken for other ailments instead of migraine symptoms. 

Nerve pain can feel like burning, aching, tingling, numbness, and weakness and can cause muscle cramping and even bone degeneration.

Many people with migraines experience pain or other symptoms in different areas of the head and may seek treatment from specialists like an ENT, ophthalmologist, dentist, or ear doctor…. many hours and dollars are spent on trying to figure out what's wrong when the answer has been there all along-MIGRAINE!

However, it's important to understand that all of these symptoms are neurological in nature and are related to the brain.  When the trigeminal nerve is irritated, the most common complaint is a pain in the upper neck and/or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Sound familiar-neck and jaw pain?

These particular areas together are called The Trigeminocervical Complex (TCC).

Yup, it’s no surprise that many people with migraines also experience jaw and/or neck pain.  However, it's essential to recognize that if you only experience jaw and/or neck pain during a migraine, it's likely part of the migraine.

If you have neck and/or jaw pain between migraine attacks, then it's possible that there are issues with your neck or jaw and you should seek medical attention.  The trigeminal nerve may release chemicals that cause painful inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain and trigger their expansion, causing pressure on the brain.  This pressure, along with inflammation, is responsible for the throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound that are often associated with migraines.

Overall, migraines involve the trigeminovascular system, which is the trigeminal nerve and the blood vessels of the brain.

Understanding how the trigeminal nerve and its associated symptoms are related to migraines can help you focus on the right area for relief saving you money as well as wasting time in pain.

Have you ever thought your neck, jaw, or sinus pain was something other than migraines?  I sure did!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Waidl is the Owner of In The Balance Health Coaching LLC, and Founder of The Freedom From Migraines Method™   & The Migraine Freedom Protocol™ 
She supports busy moms living with Migraines. 

Debbie will uncover what is holding them back from migraine freedom so they can live their life pain and symptom free, work productively, spend the time they want with family and friends, and stop missing out on the things they enjoy.

A message from Debbie:
"I was once right where you are now.  100% believing there was NO WAY to end migraines and my only option was to learn how to live with them or find that magic pill that maybe would work for a while.  If anyone told me back then that I could end my pain once and for all, I would have called BS and popped another pill!

Skeptical times 10  was my middle name for sure because when you try it all and everyone tells you they can help you and they don’t.   You stop believing…  you lose HOPE!

I now realize I was approaching my migraines all backward.

I was trying to cover up symptoms versus trying to end my pain."

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