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Atypical migraine: Are you down with a sick headache?     

Atypical migraine is a common type of migraine with the absence of aura symptoms and is also known as sick headache. The most prominent symptom of an atypical migraine that differentiates it from most other types of migraines is that it is bilateral in nature, wherein throbbing pain is experienced on both sides of the head. Atypical migraine is also known to have severe neurological effects and can impact the normal functioning of an individual. This type of migraine is more common in women than in men and also in fair skinned people as compared to their darker counter parts.

Causes of Atypical Migraine

An atypical migraine attack is caused due to cramping of the blood vessels in the brain.

It is also genetic in nature and can be passed from one generation to the other.

Lack of sleep is another cause that can trigger this type of migraine.

Sudden or prolonged exposure to bright or fluorescent lights also leads to the development of an atypical migraine.

Changes in the weather, barometric pressure, altitude changes etc. also trigger an atypical migraine.

Symptoms of Atypical Migraine

  • Pain in the facial area
  • Pain in the abdominal region
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Hypersensitivity to light
  • Vomiting
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Motor symptoms, the likes of hemiparesis

Treatment for Atypical Migraine

Taking rest and if possible taking a small nap is the best way to get instant relief from atypical migraine

Alpha-adrenergic blocking agents like dihydroergotamine have a stimulating effect on the smooth muscles of the peripheral and cranial blood vessels and help treat atypical migraine.

Ibuprofen is an effective and tried medicine to treat atypical migraine

Aspirin is another medicine which has the ability to provide fast relief from mild or moderate type atypical migraine attacks.

Avoiding dietary triggers of atypical migraine like chocolates, caffeine, mono sodium glutamate and alcohol especially in beer and wine

Relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing exercises also help provide relief from this condition.

Eradication of stress, tension and overload can also help divert atypical migraine attacks.

 
 

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