Migraines – There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Approach

 If you’ve been suffering from migraines for a while, then you’ve probably heard every cure-all and fix in the book.

Drink more water.

Eat more leafy greens.

Turn off electronics.

Never eat processed foods.

At what point are people just going to tell you to crawl into a cave and live your life off the land? There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to managing your migraines. In fact, what works for you today might not have the same effect tomorrow, which is what makes managing migraines so incredibly difficult.

Is it Really A Migraine?

If you’re familiar with migraines, then you probably already know the difference between a headache and debilitating migraine. However, many people who suffer from migraines go years undiagnosed or uncertain if it’s truly migraines causing their struggles.

Harvard Health Publishing says:

  1. A migraine lasts between 4 to 72 hours.
  2. It’s often felt on one side of the head with a throbbing or pounding feeling.
  3. The feeling gets worse with physical activity.
  4. The triggers for migraines vary from individual to individual, which means treatment does too.

 

Can Lifestyle Changes Help?

For many people, changing their lifestyle has a dramatic impact on the severity and frequency of their migraines. While changing your lifestyle may not be a cure-all, it’s likely going to have a positive effect. Some people also find relief through

  1. Exercise
  2. Cutting out sugar
  3. Eliminating or reducing alcohol intake
  4. Going gluten-free

 

If you’re concerned that food may be the culprit, you can visit an allergy doctor to find out if you have any full blown allergies. Even if your test results come back allergy-free, you could still suffer with food sensitivities. Follow an elimination diet to track any unexpected food triggers. 

Spine Alignment for Migraines

Frequent and persistent migraines impact millions of Americans every year, so what does your spine have to do with it? Modern, chronic, and acute headaches can all be caused by subluxation or a misaligned vertebra causing inflammation. Seeing a chiropractor to realign your spine can help to alleviate any pinched nerves without the use of medication. There area number of reasons why you may be experiencing migraines. However, one study found that 49% of individuals felt a decrease in migraine frequency and severity after receiving chiropractic care. 

Could It Be My Medication?

Medications can have a lot of positive benefits. Some regulate your blood pressure, while others, like hormone replacement medications, can help make certain life transitions easier. Even the birth control pill has a wide variety of uses; however, some of these medicationscan be the cause of your migraines.

Depending on the type of medication you are taking, you may not be able to stop the medication completely,and that’s okay. But, it’s important that you speak with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing while taking medication. Your doctor may be able to adjust your dosage or switch you to a different brand. Never discontinue medication unless instructed by your doctor.

Remember, there are many reasons why you may be experiencing migraines, from food to medication and everything in between.  As many causes as there could be, there are also solutions. Your personal solutions will require some experimentation but once you find the right combination of relief for your migraines, you’ll start to feel better,and you’ll feel like you have control of your life again.

 

Sources:

AAFP

Harvard Health – Ways to manage migraine

NPR – Lifestyle changes

Migraine.com – Alternative therapies

Medical News Today