Migraine Sound Sensitivity

Migraine Sound Sensitivity
Migraine Sound Sensitivity

MigraineInformer.com - One of the more misunderstood migraine symptoms is an increased sensitivity to sound, whether soft or loud. Many migraineurs find lying still in a dark, quiet room can alleviate some of the pain associated with a migraine. Unfortunately, this is not an option for most people as it requires calling in sick to work or school and avoiding everyone else in their life.

It is thought that migraine sound sensitivity is caused, or exacerbated by, the dilation of the blood vessels in the head and neck. This is the same mechanism that causes such excruciating pain during an attack. The dilation and increased blood flow in the head and neck can often irritate both the brain stem and the nerve endings inside the head. Some of the nerve ending affected include those that process incoming sound through the ears.

With the nerve endings so irritated by the increased blood flow, many find their pain exponentially increased at the slightest increase in sound in their environment. Symptoms of migraine, including sound sensitivity, are almost always decreased in direct relation to the pain decreasing.

While over-the-counter medications are not specifically recommended to treat the migraine sound sensitivity component, the triptan family of prescription medications is. Sumitriptan is one of the most popularly prescribed migraine specific medications on the market and has been found to have some effect on alleviating sound sensitivity along with reducing pain.

If migraine headache patients are not finding analgesics to be an effective treatment for both pain and sound sensitivity, there are herbal remedies available that are geared toward the treatment of both. Unlike prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, there are very few herbal combinations that have unwanted side effects with long-term use. Barring all other medications, a dark, quiet room is the best treatment to avoid making the pain and sensitivity worse.

Due to the fact these types of headaches are one of the most misdiagnosed diseases in medicine, it is often difficult for patients to communicate with their doctor effectively regarding their condition and migraine treatment. It is important for the patient who believes they are suffering from migraines to track their symptoms in a migraine diary like setting and include every detail, especially any sensitivity to light or sound. Armed with coherent documentation, doctors find it less difficult to pinpoint both the disease and any triggers that may cause the migraines.

Unfortunately, migraineurs are some of the most misunderstood people in the world. Because there are so many myths surrounding the causes, or triggers, for migraines, those who do not suffer with the condition often label those who do as lazy, addicts or stressed out individuals who cannot handle their life. Proper education and understanding of all of the symptoms of these types of headaches can help not only the sufferer, but their friends, co-workers and families better understand migraines as a true physiological disease that requires medical treatment.

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