When a person suffers from the pain of migraines, it does him or her well to be informed about some important facts. Having this knowledge can actually help you to possibly reduce or even eliminate the severity and frequency of migraines. This is definitely need-to-know information!
Many people look to medication as the answer to migraines. While these do relieve the pain temporarily, they also can be the cause of worse pain later on. There is something referred to by doctors as medication-overuse headaches, also called rebound headaches. If you take painkillers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen) for your headache more than twice a week, or triptans (migraine medicine) more than 10 days a month, this can put you at risk for rebound headaches. Narcotics can also cause this to happen. The best way to deal with a migraine is to treat it without the use of medication. How is that possible? We will discuss that a little later. First, let's talk about another shocking fact about migraines.
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Yes, that's correct. There has been a link discovered by Dr. Dawn Buse, a health psychologist at Montefiore Center in New York, between migraine headaches and depression. We know that depression leads to suicide in some people. Those that experience an aura (flashes of light) or other sensory problems are at an even greater risk. Dealing with migraine headaches is disabling, and the pain can be incapacitating. This can cause the quality of life of the sufferer to deteriorate, which can lead to depression. They may even seek extreme methods to eliminate the pain.
What Can Be Done?
The best way to find out where the pain is really coming from, and to address it, is to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Grayson Blom of Boise, Idaho. Dr. Blom has been specifically trained to look for misalignments in the upper neck. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter puts pressure on the brainstem. This can cause nerve damage and signals to be misread by the brain. Once this misalignment is corrected, proper function returns and may lead to fewer headaches or it may even eliminate them altogether with no medication required.
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