Tens of millions of people suffer with chronic headache and migraine pain in the U.S. This is a disturbing fact. What is perhaps even more disturbing is that the vast majority of sufferers cannot find sufficient help for their pain condition, and it’s not like they aren’t looking for it.
If you or someone you care for is suffering with this kind of pain then you may already have tried Chiropractic care, seeking help from Neurologists or specialists, and you may have been prescribed any of a wide variety of headache and migraine drugs to control the symptoms and achieve pain relief.
For most, choosing the right headache or migraine treatment can be difficult at best. There are so many options for approaching headache and migraine pain in the marketplace that it can set your head spinning. If you find yourself in this position, here are some things you should be thinking about to help you make informed decisions about treatment.
1. There are some things you should consider doing for yourself outside of formal treatment if you are not already doing them.
Avoid Known Triggers: A trigger is anything that can cause you to experience headaches or migraines, or experience them more frequently. Alcoholic beverages, as well as foods high in fat, sugar, nitrates, or MSG have been known to trigger headache and migraine and/or increase the intensity of episodes. Environmental factors can play a part as well, such as intense light, powerful odors, tobacco use, and irregular eating patterns. Avoiding environmental factors that contribute to your pain is a must.
Stress Reduction is Key: It is a foregone conclusion that stressful situations, anxiety and depression can only detract from a person’s overall health and well being. Behavioral modification can go a long way towards reducing the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines. Exercise, yoga, laughter, meditation and relaxation are all good ways to reduce stress AND reduce certain risk factors (like obesity) for headache and migraine.
2. Chiropractic care and massage therapy can assist in mitigating headache and migraine pain, but for chronic sufferers this may be either inappropriate or not enough. Carefully consider the factors.
Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment may assist in the prevention of headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care can certainly assist with trigger pint release and may reduce the body’s reaction to stress. However, the results tend to vary widely and for some conditions chiropractic adjustments may be either inappropriate based on pre-existing conditions or not capable of treating the root cause of pain. Chiropractic adjustment is not recommended for those with conditions like osteoporosis, numbness and tingling, or damage to nerves.
3. Not all medical doctors have the requisite experience to diagnose and treat all headache and migraine conditions.
Most individuals with chronic headache and migraine pain first seek help from an MD or DO. The great irony in this is that many doctors do not have sufficient training and experience in this area because medical schools primarily train clinicians in the use of pharmaceuticals to relieve pain and control symptoms, rather than diagnosing and treating for root causes. This is a serious problem because the symptomatic approach to headache and migraine pain is an empty well.
4. The current focus in contemporary headache and migraine treatment IS medication.
In today’s day and age it is the ability to spend money and dispense information that governs the knowledge of, and availability of treatments. Pharmaceutical giants spend millions to make billions. Their goal is to ensure that their solutions are given full attention by patients, physicians, and insurance companies alike.
Whenever profit is the prevailing factor in health care availability there is great cause for concern. To accept that medication is the only solution may do you a great disservice, not only by keeping you in pain but by preventing you from fully exploring the viable headache and migraine alternatives that exist.
5. There are medications that might help you control pain symptoms for a short while, but any relief achieved can only be temporary.
Something must be made perfectly clear, which is that medication is not akin to treatment when it comes to headache and migraine. The current headache and migraine medications available today provide temporary relief from pain, which by definition cannot last. Drugs can mask symptoms, but they cannot treat root causes. For this reason, headache and migraine sufferers should not look at medication as a long-term solution for pain. There are currently NO KNOWN DRUG CURES for headache and migraine conditions.
6. Medications used to control headache and migraine symptoms carry serious risk. It is an unavoidable truth.
Let’s start with muscle relaxants, which are powerful drugs often used to mitigate pain conditions closely linked to the primary headache and migraine condition. The risks can include heart failure, paralysis, tiredness, reduced alertness, dry mouth, dizziness and vertigo, weakness, moodiness, nausea and vomiting, drug dependency, withdrawal symptoms, and about a dozen other symptoms. Muscle relaxants can even be the direct cause for headaches.
Anti-inflammatory drugs would be next, and are also used in treating headache and migraine conditions as well as closely linked pain conditions. They have been known to carry the following risks: abdominal pain, diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness and vertigo, kidney dysfunctions, stomach damage and even life-threatening stomach ulcers.
Narcotics. It almost goes without saying that opiod drugs carry many of the same risks and a bunch more, not the least of which is the very real threat of dependency and addiction.
7. It is a known fact that neuromuscular force problems in the dentomandibular complex are often involved in chronic headache and migraine pain — too often, in fact.
It was only a short few years back when the medical community at large did not know that neuromuscular force problems were involved in many, many headache and migraine conditions. Now we do. The great irony here is that while most headache and migraine sufferers continue to be prescribed medications by doctors to control pain symptoms, an incredible amount of suffering individuals could be helped without them.
If neuromuscular force problems are involved in creating or intensifying your headache or migraine condition, EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS EXIST RIGHT NOW for rehabilitating patients with neuromuscular force problems and eliminating the root causes for pain. You can reach out to the Neuromuscular Dentists at the Headache Center of Chicago today to find out once and for all if you stand to benefit from the long-term positive effects of neuromuscular rehabilitation. For many, this kind of headache and migraine treatment approach can bring the cycle of pain to an abrupt end.