Migraines can be extremely painful, not to mention a time drain, and, according to a recent YouGov poll facilitated in the UK, misunderstood.
According to the poll, 64% of adults interviewed believe their employers don’t understand the severity of migraines, and their effects on staff.
What this means is simple: Migraines can lead to poor job performance.
In fact, several workers interviewed by The Migraine Trust have reported employers threatening to fire them due to migraine-related difficulties. Coupled with the debilitating effects of migraines, such as nausea, pain, and sensitivity to light, which could last from hours to even days, it makes the stakes of finding an effective treatment top priority.
Why Are Migraines so Complicated?
Migraines are not simply one condition but a broader term that describes a series of conditions related to the complex interactions between your nerves and blood vessels. What this means is that despite similar symptoms between patients, the underlying causes of migraines are not the same for everyone.
Some migraines are genetic.
Others are thought to be caused by high blood pressure, irregularities in blood vessel systems, central nervous disorders, or even TMJ disorders. Therefore, treating migraines requires a variety of approaches in order to find the mechanisms causing migraines in the first place..
TMJ headaches specifically have a high probability of being misdiagnosed, leading to mistreatments, and in some cases, can cause more migraines or migraine-like symptoms.
Migraines and TMJ
As migraines are not one condition but a nebula of symptoms, they are incredibly difficult to study, and a solid connection between the TMJ and migraines has not been verified. However, there is likely a link between the trigeminal nerve, migraines, and the TMJ.
During a migraine, abnormal stimuli in the trigeminal nerve can release vasodilators, causing inflammation in the blood vessels which results in pain. A potential candidate for this abnormal stimuli is overactivity in the jaw. Seven of the eight muscles controlled by the trigeminal nerve fire during biting, chewing, and swallowing, and any dysfunction of the jaw can exacerbate how hard these muscles are working.
Drug-Free Migraine Treatment
Although we don’t completely understand the link between the TMJ and migraines, we do know that TMJ treatment may reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Treating the TMJ can also help fight against tension headaches, jaw pain, tinnitus, and other related symptoms.
If you’re hoping for proper TMJ treatment, there are several drug-free options available — including TruDenta pain relief therapy here at Pasadena Pain Management.
If you live in or around Pasadena, CA and suffer from chronic migraine headaches or TMJ Pain, please call call us to schedule a FREE Consultation today.
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About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.