I’ve been a strong opponent of the way we treat migraines in this healthcare system. In general, we keep trying different medications until the doctor finds a medication that reduces or stops the headaches. Then we all jump up and down and pat each other on the back and call the process a success. If this is the approach your doctor has taken, then there ARE times when an everyday headache can be dangerous to your long term health.
A recurrent headache in a child is never, ever acceptable. It may be something as simple as simple musculoskeletal stress that can be fixed in one visit with some soft tissue work and an adjustment, or it could be that their physiology is “not happy.”
Can we all agree that more blood flow to the brain is a good thing? I’m sure anyone experiencing a blood choke in ju-jitsu would agree-it’s NOT the best feeling in the world.
In those who suffer from migraine headaches and seizures, anything that can help to reduce the number of attacks they have is a welcome addition. Clearly lifestyle and supplementation play a strong (if not stronger) role in the management of both migraine headaches and seizures along with the mainstream medical approach of pharmacological management. For many sufferers, this information is rarely shared by their physicians.
Seizure and migraine management consists almost entirely of medication use. The list of anti-seizure medications has expanded over the years, but outcomes have not improved much. Patients still suffer from migraines and seizures and can have their entire lives shut down during an attack and even up to days afterwards. But is there a better way to manage migraine headaches and seizures?
Efficacy of coenzyme Q10 in migraine prophylaxis
Almost a 50% response with taking 300 mg CoQ10 per day. Not too shabby. This is yet another notch in the “mitochondrial dysfunction leads to neurodegenerative disorders” belt.
Seasonality of birth in Epilepsy: A Southern Hemisphere study
Would anyone like to place a bet that vitamin D exposure during the 3rd trimester is the reason people born during the spring and fall have lower rates of epilepsy? Talk about far reaching effects in time.
Might the horrendous “gasping for air” sound sleep apnea sufferers make cause headaches? If this description fits your night, maybe it’s time to visit a sleep lab.
Recent studies have linked sleep apnea and chronic headaches. Since migraines and seizures have similarities, can obstructive sleep apnea cause seizures?
I’m sorry, but articles looking for new medications for headaches always irritates me. First of all, most patients have multiple types of headaches (and while “migraine” seems to be the wastebasket diagnosis most are given, I find most are not migraine at all…) so they will need multiple therapeutic angles. Continue reading Medication Available For Chronic Daily Headaches