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Many people assume that there is just one single type of migraine
headache. There are actually many different types of migraines. The 2 most
common ones are the classic migraine and the common migraine.

These are also referred to as migraine with aura (classic) and migraine
without aura (common).

The aura associated with classic migraines are visual hallucinations
such as jagged lines or being partially blinded in one or both eyes,
disruptions in sight, smell or touch or even speech.  Aura actually serves as an early warning sign and I have found that for some people taking 200-400 mg of Ibuprofen at this stage can prevent the migraine from progressing.

Menstrual Migraines – 50% or more of women report that attacks coincide
with various points of their menstrual cycle and are referred to as “menstrual-related
migraines (MRM). These attacks usually occur a few days before or after


Exertion Migraine – This is usually a short-lived migraine brought about by
physical exercise and may be worsened by dehydration.

Retinal Migraine – This involves a temporary loss of vision in one eye.

Hemiplegic Migraine – In this version of migraine, a temporary paralysis
on side of the body occurs.

Nocturnal Migraine – These rare migraines occur during sleep and actually
awaken the sufferer.

Basilar Artery Migraine – Usually occurs in adolescent women. A throbbing
at the back of the head which can lead to dizziness and difficulty speaking
occurs in this migraine form.

Abdominal Migraine – Here there is no headache at all. The pain that does
occur happens, usually, in the stomach. The pain usually causes nausea and
vomiting and is most often seen in young children.


Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S

Types of Migraines


Previous studies disclosed the increased risk of experiencing migraines in patients with Celiac Disease.  Now a study done at Columbia University Medical Center found that patients with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity or IBD had respectively higher increased risks of having migraines than people who didn’t suffer with these conditions, of 3.79, 9.3 and 2.66 times.

If you are a migraine sufferer and your physician feels that you exhibit symptoms that maybe associated with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, speak to your doctor about exploring these possible diagnoses further.  It is possible that correcting or improving these conditions, should you have them, may also improve your migraine status.


Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.


Thousands of people take allergy and sinus medications because they believe the pain they are experiencing are due to sinus headaches. These people often do not get relief because in fact they are having migraines and not sinus headaches.

This article published in Health Central helps to clarify what the source of your headaches may truly be.

Oct 28th 2011

~ Did you know that nearly 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are actually migraines? These are some of the symptoms that make people think they have a sinus headache:

  • * Runny nose or nasal congestion5
  • * Teary eyes
    * Red or puffy eyes
    * Facial pain or pressure

Trigeminal Nerve

All of those can be migraine symptoms. A migraine can inflame the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve has branches in the face. One runs above the eyes, one runs along the sinuses, and the third runs along the lower jaw. As a result, the pain may be felt near the sinuses, which are air pockets between bones in the lower forehead, cheeks and behind the nose.  Sinus headaches rarely occur unless you have a sinus infection.  ~

If these headaches are occurring many times a month and you have 15 days or more a month that you have headache symptoms, you may be experiencing chronic migraines and are a good candidate for prevention. 

You may be able to eliminate or reduce the number of headache days you have and/or reduce the intensity of your headaches. You may also be able to significantly reduce the amount of medication you take as well.  Visit for mor information.


Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.