Migraine headache ICD 10: Imagine this scenario if you will: it’s nighttime, and you finally have some time to yourself. You sit down on your bean bag recliner and pop a DVD into your CD player. It’s time for you to watch your favorite movie, The Lion King.
Then it hits – a searingly bad migraine headache with a terrible aura that makes the ‘Aurora Borealis’ seem like a simple light show.
This article will tell you all about migraine headachesIICD 10, so read on to learn more about this debilitating medical condition.
What is a Migraine Headache?
You don’t understand the terrible effects of migraine headaches on their sufferers and their lives unless you know what a migraine headache is. A migraine headache is a severe headache that blinds with pulsating pain in the upper and lower lobes of the brain.
It can also linger in the upper and lower neck and shoulders. Migraine headaches tend to be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, pain, and sensitivity when exposed to light and sound, and changes in vision, sensation, and speech.
If you experience these symptoms when your head is pounding with pain, then you have a migraine headache.
Then There Are Chronic Migraine Headaches
If you live in the modern world, you have heard of migraine headaches. You may have even heard of chronic migraine headaches and thought to yourself, “I wonder what those are?”
The answer to this question is, “A chronic migraine headache is one that lasts for at least four hours in a day and manifests itself at least eight days out of every month!”
Because of their extreme nature and severe pain, migraine headaches can be extremely debilitating and disabling.
This is why the medical community considers them to be a disease.
If you have ever suffered from a migraine headache, you have noticed that you are unable to do much of anything except toss and turn around in bed while you feel miserable.
What Causes You to Have Chronic Migraine Headaches?
“Ok so chronic migraine headaches suck, but why do I suffer from them so much? Why am I the unlucky one?”
You may be amazed to hear that many people live their entire lives without getting a migraine headache once.
So why are you not one of these people? The answer is complicated and has many trigger factors.
One of these trigger factors is genetics and can’t be changed unless scientists perfect and advance gene therapy (which is still in its infancy).
According to the latest research on migraine headaches, you are 50% more likely to suffer from chronic problems if many in your family have and do!
What You Eat Can Trigger Migraine Headaches?
Have you ever heard the phrase, “don’t eat certain foods if you don’t want to get a migraine headache?”
You probably have and may have thought that this was nothing but nonsense. Be assured that it is not.
This phrase is grounded in decades of solid research which confirms that certain foods, drinks (and even medicines) can trigger migraines.
For example, overeating chocolate can cause migraine headaches. And have you ever heard the phrase, “caffeine can trigger migraines?”
This is very true because caffeine activates specific receptors in the brain, which causes the brain to be more alert and energetic.
The problem emerges when these receptors become flooded with signals and are unable to produce their signals naturally.
They then become dependent on caffeine for stimulation. When the person was previously consuming foods and beverages which are high in caffeine like coffee and energy drinks, he or she can go through ‘caffeine withdrawal.’
Migraine headaches are a significant side effect of ‘caffeine withdrawal.’
Skipping meals throughout the day can lead to severe migraine headaches because the body has substantially less energy and calories to operate on.
When a person skips meals regularly, his or her brain may respond by sending signals to those parts of the brain which trigger and recognize pain in the form of migraine headaches.
The same is true of the excess consumption of alcohol. One of the main symptoms of the dreaded ‘morning after’ hangover is the migraine headache.
Other Triggers Of Migraine Headaches
Believe it or not, climate change such as changes in the seasons can trigger severe migraine headaches in many.
The same is true of changes in humidity, temperature, and air pressure.
These are the most common triggers of migraine headaches and the hardest to control because we don’t understand how to manage the weather or climate yet.
Lack of sleep and excess stress, anxiety, and depression can also trigger migraines.
How are Migraine Headaches Classified
When people seek various forms of medical treatment, including hospitalization, for their migraine headaches, their insurance companies will assign a unique ICD code known as the migraine headache ICD 10.
This individual classification allows insurance companies to repay people suffering from constant and severe migraine headaches.
It is the migraine headache ICD 10 code that allows the medical and insurance communities to recognize and identify what otherwise would be more of a ‘silent disease.’
This is because new and groundbreaking research on migraine headaches, their nature, and their causes are only now allowing researchers and medical professionals to understand migraine headaches better.
This helps keep migraine sufferers out of severe financial calamities.
Now That You Know
Now that you know more about migraine headaches, you can call your insurance company and inquire about the migraine headache ICD 10 if you ever need medical care for one.
You will be glad you did because you will be spending far more days at work or enjoying life, and far fewer ‘sick days’ languishing on the couch or in bed in pain and misery!