Debunking the Top 5 Migraine Myths

If you’re one of the 38 million people living with migraine in the United States, you’ve probably faced your fair share of frustrations. Migraine is one of the most misunderstood medical conditions in the world – and I’m not just talking about from the patient’s perspective. Doctors and those within the medical community continue to learn about migraines.

Through research, people have been able to find relief through new and alternative measures. However, as many of you know, managing migraine symptoms is often a game of cat and mouse. Complicating matters are the countless myths that ride the waves of the internet, dancing through your social feeds, and even making their way into your doctor’s office. But you and I both know a migraine is much, much more than a headache.

Today, I’d like to debunk the top five migraine myths to help you prevent and manage your symptoms effectively.

The Myths

Chances are you’ve met your fair share of do-gooders full of migraine advice. Unfortunately, there are countless migraine fallacies out there. These myths can do more harm than most people realize, which is why it’s time to set the truth straight once and for all:

●       Migraine is just a bad headache. Confusing a migraine with a headache is common. Although migraine is a type of headache, it is a neurological, vascular, and/or genetic disease linked to both chemical and structural changes in the brain. It causes mental fog, cognitive impairment, and a host of other related symptoms.

●       Migraine symptoms are always the same. Another common misconception is that all migraines are the same. However, there are many different types of migraines. For some, migraine is caused by food triggers like sugar, while digestive imbalances or changes in the weather cause others’ symptoms.

●       Migraine medicine is my only option. Wrong! In fact, many studies show migraine medications are ineffective, often leading to dependence and deterioration. Spinal manipulationlifestyle changes, and learning your triggers are all safe, natural ways to find relief.

●       Nothing can be done to prevent or effectively manage migraines. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to avoiding a migraine, but there are plenty of ways to manage your symptoms. Find what works for you and don’t be discouraged. Think about the common migraine triggers – stress, food, and sleep – and start a journal.

●       Migraine only affects women. The fact is, women get more migraines than men, but our male counterparts also deal with this unfortunate condition, as do our children. New research indicates that hormones like estrogen may play a significant role in how men experience migraine symptoms. In children, causes are often more neurovascular or digestive.

Migraine can affect many different aspects of your life. And when you are saddled continuously with wrong information, it can make matters worse. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about what may work and what is just plain false, the better.

Sources:

Migraine Relief – 10 Common Misconceptions About Migraine Relief

Migraine.com – Migraine Statistics

American Migraine Foundation – Top 10 Migraine Myths

Healthcare Express – Migraine Myth Busters