First, head and neck trauma can be a cause of many migraines. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Emil Seletz referred to migraine pain as a pain in the neck, rather than head pain. Research has shown that causes of this type of neck pain can be such things as whiplash and other trauma to the neck. The upper neck area is very susceptible to injury that causes brainstem irritation. This, in turn, creates the right environment for migraines.
Second, did you know the risk of having a stroke increases in those that have migraines? People with migraines also have a greater risk of cardiovascular problems. Others in this category that are at an even higher risk are women 35 years and older, women who smoke, women who use oral contraceptives, and those that have an aura with their migraine. Research done by Dr. Buse and his team does not reveal the exact reason for the risk increase but alerts us that a history of migraines that come with aura are considered to be an important risk marker for a stroke to occur.
Third, let’s talk about something known as a let-down migraine. Dr. Buse’s team found through research that those experiencing sudden mood changes from sad and nervous to happy and relaxed have a 20% higher chance of having a migraine attack. This is probably due to a major drop in hormones in the body. It is recommended that, in order to keep hormones more level and avoid peaks of stress, you do some relaxation techniques or take more frequent breaks.
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Is there a Reliable Solution?
The answer for many is to turn to medication. True, some relief can be found there, but many times the pain recurs or even gets worse. In some cases, medication can bring on another headache a few days later. It is important, therefore, to try to address the root cause of your migraines. Migraines are a neurological disorder that shows up in various ways, such as nausea, temporary loss of vision, vertigo, and other ways. By realizing this, it will probably cause you to look to other areas of treatment rather than medicine. A bottle of pills never really heals your migraine.
Your next step should be to consult with an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr. Matthew Kittleson of the UC Life Chiropractic Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. These doctors are trained to examine your upper two vertebrae in the neck and look for misalignments. Once they are able to correct these, your body can begin to heal and function at its best once again. Call the UC Life Chiropractic Centre today to schedule an appointment.
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