Do you Suffer from Migraines After an Injury?

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Melanie Burden

Partner, Head of Employer's Liability - Serious Injury

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As part of Nervember - the campaign from the International Pain Foundation - we are sharing a number of articles, blogs and case studies to highlight nerve pain as a symptom of an injury and nerve conditions which can develop from injuries.

In this article we focus on migraine after injury to help raise awareness of this debilitating condition.

The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) recognises just how disabling migraines and other headache disorders are. They estimate that in the UK, approximately 25 million working or school days are lost every year due to migraine.

Migraine is a neurological condition which is not always correctly diagnosed or effectively treated, and many people do just try and self-manage with over the counter medication rather than seeking medical advice.

Migraine is a type of moderate or severe headache which is often described a throbbing pain on one side of the head.

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There are different types of migraine including:

Migraine with aura - where you might get specific warning signs before the onset of the migraine such as flashing lights

Migraine without aura – where there are no warning signs, and the throbbing pain just comes on

Migraine aura without headache which is sometimes called silent migraine – where you might get the flashing lights or other symptoms of a migraine but no headache.

Migraines where you feel dizzy and suffer vertigo symptoms are sometimes referred to as Vestibular Migraine.

For some people they can be frequent and intense and last for days. For others they can be less frequent or occasional.

Symptoms of migraine can include:

      • An intense throbbing pain on one side of the head
      • Neck pain
      • Pain in the jaw
      • Feeling dizzy
      • Increased sensitivity to light
      • Increased sensitivity to noise
      • Increased sensitivity to smell
      • Stomach pain and bowel disturbance
      • Sweating
      • Feeling hot and cold
      • Feeling sick
      • Being sick
      • Extreme tiredness
      • Insomnia
      • Difficulty concentrating

Migraine After Injury

Headache disorders including migraine can be caused and made worse as a result of a head injury or the stress of a traumatic accident.

It could come on as a direct result of a head injury if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury for example:

          • By being hit on the head by a falling object
          • Hitting your head in a car accident
          • Falling off your bike
          • A falling object

Headaches can also be caused by damage to the nerves or tissues if they are injured in an accident.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of migraine as a result of an accident it is possible to claim for this and in particular for specialist advice, treatment, and support at a Migraine Clinic.

There a whole range of treatments including pain medication, botox, and complimentary therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and lifestyle changes which can help.

Many people don’t realise that taking too many over the counter pain killers can in fact make headaches a whole lot worse and that actually cutting out the painkillers and caffeine intake can help. Every case is different though, and this is why it is important to seek early specialist advice.

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