By now, if your neurologist has not discussed a link between your chronic migraine headaches and your heart, it might be time to find a new one.
Medications and more medications. Maybe an electrical device implanted in your neck. In the end, surgery. This pretty much describes the medical treatment of epilepsy and migraines.
And, as a whole, this treatment paradigm sucks. It does nothing to protect the brain, which should be the number one goal. I should consider clarifying this by noting that it should be the number one goal after the seizures are under control, but only 30% or so of epileptic patients are able to achieve control of his or her seizures quickly with the first medication used.
Headaches in children are one of the hardest things for parents to deal with. You want to help, but instead you end up feeling helpless. But what if “helping” is not what you’re doing?
Sounds crazy. What could a parent do to deliberately cause his or her child to have headaches?
According, to this particular study, everything.
This is not the first time I’ve pointed out the links between migraines and seizures (as if my book, Migraines and Epilepsy wasn’t hint enough…) and it won’t be the last.
The reason I need to keep pointing it out is that mainstream medicine (neurologists included) don’t seem to see the association and consider them “comorbidities.” Comorbidities mean that they are occurring simultaneously and not necessarily related. Usually, comorbidities are medicated separately (because that’s how we “treat” everything in this country). Take diabetes and high blood pressure. Medicated separately. Heart disease and colon cancer. Separately.
Looking over several Facebook pages related to migraines as well as some message boards, I am continually saddened by the continual search for treatments and lack of discussion on a cure.
And maybe “cure” is not the right word. Somewhere along the lines we decided that migraines were the problem and not just a symptom. Of course, “not just a symptom” is downplaying the experience of someone who suffers from migraine headaches. I truly understand the frustration and hopelessness that goes along with chronic, debilitating headaches.