The first thing to accept is that migraines should not be controlled. Rather, they should be eliminated with the correct attention to lifestyle changes. In the meantime, though, it is nice to have tools to control the pain of the headache. Mainstream medicine is quick to jump on expensive drugs (like Topamax) with a long list of side effects, high cost and minimal efficacy. Anti-inflammatories are frequently prescribed as well. But what if a natural compound was proven to be more effective?
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.
I have stated for years that the causes of chronic migraine headaches and epilepsy are the same. While not generally accepted, it is consistent with current research.
The finding of a genetic link between migraines and epilepsy have been all over the news since this article hit the mainstream media earlier this month. I have had a standing Google alert for “migraines and epilepsy” for quite some time now. Nothing was on the radar screen on the Internet until this study hit.
When ANY child has headaches, something is wrong. They don’t just happen and they darn sure aren’t because that child is deficient in some medication. And yet, we seem to think this is the case because the administration of medication seems to be the treatment of choice in mainstream medicine.
Even if a medication controls the headache for that moment, it has in no way, shape or form fixed what was causing the headache. As a parent, it is your job to NEVER accept anything less than an answer.
Sounds like a scary title, huh? Good, because if you suffer from migraines, you NEED to understand how serious this truly is.
And it is not about controlling the headache. Although this may be the immediate need, this limited approach does nothing for protecting your brain. And make no mistake–migraine sufferers have a greatly increased risk for things like heart disease, stroke and dementia. Masking the headache with medication does not change your increased risk–it’s still going to happen unless you do something about it.