Few medical conditions are as misunderstood as migraine headaches. Even though there has been a lot of research, definitive answers about the causes and effective therapy of migraines are still somewhat unclear.
Unfortunately, even many medical professionals don’t understand migraines, so patients who go to them for therapy end up frustrated and still suffering. The result can be desperate migraine patients who will try almost anything for relief.
The Mayo Clinic reports migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. Other causes could include dental bite force imbalances, trauma, brain chemical imbalances, including serotonin, which helps regulate nervous system pain.
Because the problem is complex and not fully understood, a great deal of misinformation about migraines exists.
Here are some of the most migraine myths that may be keeping patients from getting effective treatment.
Myth: It’s just stress
Stress can definitely play a factor in migraines and other types of headaches. It might even act as a trigger. In addition to stress, weather changes, altitude changes, bright suns, sleep problems, aromas, cheese, caffeine, monosodium glutamate, nitrates and aspartame are just some of a long listing of potential triggers. Every migraine patient can have a specific trigger pattern, but those triggers are not the underlying cause.
Many people believe migraines can be caused by disorders like depression or anxiety. Yet, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports up to 40% of people suffering from chronic migraines also experience depression, anxiety and even panic attacks.
The connection isn’t surprising. If you regularly experienced head pain so severe that it caused problems like distorted vision, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and noise, you might easily become depressed. If you felt symptoms of a migraine coming on and you knew there was nothing you could do, you are likely to feel anxiety and might start to panic.
Myth: Doctors can’t help
Admittedly, there is still much medical science doesn’t know about migraines. For instance, migraines result more often among teen girls and women. Female hormones such as estrogen appear to influence migraines, though it’s not clear why. Additionally, genetics and environmental factors seem to play a role.
Sometimes, going to the doctor after a few episodes fails to help. Even though the exact causes remain unknown, physicians have many ways to treat the debilitating symptoms of migraines. The key is to find pain management professional who is experienced in dealing with migraines and other types of chronic pain.
FACT: New treatments offer hope
Since no two migraines are the same, personalized therapy and fine- tuning existing treatments are proving to be effective approaches to treating migraines. There are also new ways to treat migraines that don’t rely on medications, including TruDenta® pain management therapy offered here at Pasadena Pain Management.
TruDenta® treatments last about 50 minutes and include the use of several proven, FDA cleared technologies. Depending upon the severity of the diagnosis, patients require from one to twelve treatments completed weekly. In other words, a patient with the most severe diagnosis could achieve lasting relief from their symptoms in about three months.
To get a full detailed analysis of the TruDenta® treatment plan, contact Pasadena Pain Management and request a FREE CONSULTATION.