Migraine

This is a specific form of headache, usually unilateral (one side of the head), associated with nausea or vomiting, visual disturbances such as scintillating light waves or zigzag fashion. The client may experience a visual aura before an attack actually happens. This is usually called a classical migraine. There are other types of migraine:

• Ophthalmoplegic migraine — this causes painful, red and watery eyes.

• Neuropathic migraine — it causes one-sided paralysis and weakness of the face and body.

• Abdominal migraine — this can affect children with recurring attacks of abdominal pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Migraines can be treated with simple analgesia or more specialised anti-migraine medication.

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Be aware of tenderness in the muscle and joints. Relaxation may help clients to cope, but be aware they tire easily and therefore it is best to keep treatment short and light.

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