Teen Headaches: Medical Care May Be the Wrong Choice

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It’s your child. The blinding pain of a headache is hard to ignore, so you do what you think is the right thing. Pediatrician, PCP, urgent care or ER, depending on the situation.

There’s a 50% chance this is a bad choice.

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Can This Really Help Abort A Migraine?

As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, the goal in a patient that is experiencing migraines is to improve their physiology so the brain is not so upset and the migraines can go away.  In almost all cases, this is possible.  It’s not usually addressed in this fashion, but it is possible for this type of outcome if the patient is willing to make changes and the physician is more concerned about what is causing the migraines then figuring out what medications will control the headaches.

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Are Migraine Headaches Dangerous?

Most people who suffer from true migraine headaches believe that they have a problem in their brain, and that’s why their head hurts.  This is the concept that mainstream medicine promotes, so, when the headache is controlled through medication, we’re all happy and view the problem as solved.

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Natural Headache Cures vs Medications for Migraines

 Headache sufferers can live their lives in frequent misery.  While there are many natural cures for headaches that can help in the long run, tools for immediate relief of headaches are a strong need.

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Insulin Metabolism Is Altered In Migraineurs

Insulin Metabolism is Altered in Migraineurs: A New Pathogenic Mechanism for Migraine?

One of the major problems with the way we treat headaches in this system of medicine is that we never step back and ask “why” this headache is occurring. Nope–just given some medication to suppress the signal the brain is sending out. The problem with this approach is that we know that migraine patients are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. This article just adds further weight to the idea that just treating the headache is flat out wrong.

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Migraines Are Strongly Related To Oxidative Stress

Platelet membrane fluidity and peroxynitrite levels in migraine patients during headache-free periods

Two things to mention here.  First, we are seeing a sustained movement towards the concept that migraines, just like the seizures that clinicians are not yet willing to throw in the same category, is strongly related to oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction.

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If You Get Migraine or Tension Headaches, You MUST Do This

Headaches suck.  Period.  When severe, they disrupt your entire life.  Even mild, they affect your mood and relationships.

The current culture in medicine generally supports the primary care route for headaches.  The primary care doctor may try a few prescription meds like ibuprofen or Tylenol.  When these don’t help they may try a medication like Topamax, which has been shown to reduce headache frequency a paltry 1.5 days in 3 months.

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Chronic Migraine: Why Migraine Relief Has to Focus on This

I can’t imagine life fraught with chronic migraine. Society doesn’t support the idea of a “cure;” that’s because migraine relief doesn’t focus on what matters.

All too often, migraine headache pain control is the goal.  Or, even better, suppression of flare ups of headache with medications.  This is what mainstream medicine focuses on and considers your treatment successful if one or both of these goals are obtained.  Sure–they help to rule out the scary things like strokes, tumors and weird blood vessel formations, but these are very rarely the cause of headaches.

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Nearly all Headache seen in Primary Care is Migraine

Based on this article, I’m sure that I could go to my PCP right now with the headache I am experience as a result of beating my forehead against the computer screen and it would promptly be diagnosed as migraine. I’m sorry, this is a very biased opinion, but I started to believe that headaches are no longer a diagnosis that should be handled within mainstream medicine. Sure, we need to rule out aneurysms and tumors, but that’s well within the scope and competence of most chiropractors.

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Natural Remedies for Migraines: Avoid Most Common Food Allergies

 natural remedies for migraines most common food allergies

Some of the meds used for chronic migraine relief can have a long list of side effects. Because of this, patients look for natural remedies for migraines.

One of the more popular migraine support group type websites promotes the idea that migraines are genetically based and there is really nothing that can be done to “cure” migraines.  The best we can do is hope to manage them successfully with medications and, to a lessor extent, dietary choices.

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