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.
You suffer from headaches and have been searching for some type of chronic migraine relief; so your PCP should send you to a neurologist, right?
It sounds like a great place to start. After all, your headache is in your head and deals with your nervous system, right? If you’ve been reading the Rantings for any time now, you understand how flawed this method of thinking is. Migraines may be felt in the head, but they are really a problem with your entire body. Something is wrong, and your body is screaming at you to fix it in the loudest way possible.
One of the learned would of course be me. I can say this because I’ve written a book on the integrative management of migraines and epilepsy (which is, unfortunately not the name of the book–my select members of a focus group nixed this title pretty quickly, leaving me with less dramatic: Migraines and Epilepsy; How to find relief, Live well and Heal your brain).
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.
Resection of Corrugator Supercilii Muscle Relieves Migraine
A small muscle typically cut with plastic surgery around the eyes was shown to lower incidence of migraines in patients. The question here is; were these patients truly suffering from a migraine, or were they tension headaches?? I cannot begin to guess how many patients have come into my office saying they have migraines, and yet no one has ever touched their necks.
This is one of those “I’m a chiropractor so this will be biased” articles. This bias is further accentuated by the fact that I’ve written a Migraines and Epilepsy book. This article describes that ONE thing that EVERY single headache sufferer needs to do, and yet rarely do.
I understand headaches very well. Migraines. Tension type headaches. Cervicogenic headaches. Sinus headaches. Unfortunately, many chronic headache sufferers actually experience many different types of headaches. Since most physicians have a single tool to use, they can only address a single type of headache at a time. This is why it seems like no treatment works—it’s rare that a single treatment that is going to help for more than one type of headache.
I am not saying that it’s not the short-term goal. If you’ve ever spent time on some of the social networking sites that relate to migraine headaches, you’ll realize just how devastating and life-shattering migraine headaches can be. Jobs, relationships and lives in general can be restricted to living like a hermit in constant pain.
Anyone with a neurological condition, whether anxiety, depression, epilepsy, migraines or MS, will tell you that symptoms wax and wane. But why?
While a common occurrence, it seems that few question why this is so. It is considered more as just a course of the condition. But what if the fluctuations of symptoms are not only explainable, but possibly controllable?
At it’s foundation, these two conditions share the same mechanism. I have personally known this for at least a decade, but the information seems to be taking a while to get out there. Which may seem strange because chronic migraine headaches and seizures are both within the realm of neurology. Indeed, over the past few years there has been increasing overlap between anti-seizure drugs being used to treat migraines (Topamax, for example). Taking this even further, anti-seizure medications like Depakote have also been used to treat certain psychological disorders like bipolar disorder.
There ARE answers to eliminating or reducing your chronic migraine headaches, but the solution is not likely going to come in a pill.
Having been active on several of the larger Facebook migraine groups, the attitudes seem to be split. There are those who are seeking answers because they know that there is an answer someone out there. The others are there for support because they do not ultimately feel like there is a solution for their chronic headaches. This group does not like to see the word “cure” anywhere near chronic migraine headaches because they do not believe that there is such a thing.