Some say migraines are just really bad headaches.
Imagine a world where you are constantly pressed with activity that pushes you to the very brink of your nerves, battling deadlines and keeping appointments straight, and on the drive home the world suddenly looks a little brighter, or a little dimmer…and then your mind erupts in relentless throbs of agonizing pain. It came from out of nowhere, and now you find yourself pulling over into a parking lot, frantically digging for the medication that’s suppose to alleviate your torment. The medication works, but it takes time and all you want to do is get home and relax. You scold yourself for not taking it before the onset as you sit and wait for your body to function again. By the time you do get home, your body and mind are so beat from the day’s activity and the pain that followed that the rest of the night is just a blur.
For over 36 million Americans dealing with migraines this is just the way life is, with a faceless assailant always lurking, eager to strike when you least expect it and when you can least handle it. According to the American Migraine Foundation, more people suffer from migraines than from diabetes and asthma combined, and over six million of these suffer from chronic migraines. The cost of migraines in America is an even bigger misfortune to both the suffering party and the taxpayer, ringing out a grand total of $29 billion dollars in both related cost, such as medicine and doctor visits as well as unrelated charges like loss of work and changes in productivity. Until now, no positive relation as to why migraines occur existed, but now a new article in the highly accredited Neurology Magazine thinks they have the solution.
Stress. Or more honestly, a lack thereof.
The study has linked short-term reductions in stress following high stress moments to be the culprit of migraine onset, and that minding your stress level could be the key to living a more pain-free life. Dr. Richard Lipton, the director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York and lead author of the migraine project was happy to shed even more light on the subject.
“This study demonstrates a striking association between reduction in perceived stress and the occurrence of migraine headaches,” he stated. “Results were strongest during the first six hours where decline in stress was associated with a nearly five-fold increased risk of migraine onset. The hormone cortisol, which rises during times of stress and reduces pain, may contribute to the triggering of headache during periods of relaxation.” Dr. Lipton based his information on the complete examination of 110 migraines that were felt over three months by 17 patients. While there is still no definitive cure, even a reduction in the level of pain felt by migraine victims is a welcome blessing. Still, others out there believe they can whisk away the pain without needing to find the source.
The Los Vegas Review-Journal boasts a story from the Nevada Neurosciences Institute of successful migraine pain reduction from Botox, the substance made from the highly poisonous botulinum toxin type A. If toxifying yourself to paradise isn’t your cup of tea, and you don’t mind looking a little futuristic, the FDA has recently approved a nerve-stimulating headband called The Cefaly headband, which connects to a self-adhering electrode to arouse the endings of the trigeminal nerve, making it a decent alternative to migraine medications. Poisons and prosthetics still not what you are into? Well, a new drug known as Topamax (topiramate) has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration that has shown great success in the prevention of migraines. Let’s hope you’re young though, as it is only for those aged 12 to 17.
Perhaps the best bet you have, though, comes from the Reed Migraine Center in Dallas, Texas where Dr. Ken Reed sports a whopping 80% success rate for people suffering from severe migraines. Using what he calls “Combined Neurostimulation for Migraine(s),” Dr. Reed recently held a webinar to present new information in the advancement of migraine treatment options. Watch the video below to learn more about this miraculous therapy.
I bet a day off and a nice, long bath sounds good right about now, doesn’t it?
Could coffee be the cure to your pounding migraines? Our very own Patrick Frye investigates. http://www.inquisitr.com/1177597/migraine-headaches-cures-include-caffeine-give-me-coffee-now/
To learn more about the symptoms of migraines, we recommend what the Mayo Clinic has to offer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/basics/definition/con-20026358