While migraines tend to affect more women, migraines in men do happen. An estimated 9% of men are regular sufferers. Genetics also play a role; approximately 70% of sufferers have a close relative with the condition.
Other Health Issues Surrounding Migraines
People who suffer from frequent migraines are also more likely to have other health issues, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and restless legs syndrome, according to the Harvard Special Health Report Headaches: Relieving and preventing migraines and other headaches, published by Harvard Health Publications.
Ongoing research also suggests that migraines are associated with an increased heart attack risk and stroke risk.
Heart Attack Risk Increases Dramatically
In a Harvard University study, scientists looked exclusively at the link between migraines in men and the risk of cardiovascular disease. After examining 20,084 men, the researchers found that having migraines boosts the risk of heart attacks by 42%.
A study in the journal Neurology found that migraine sufferers in general are twice as likely to have heart attacks as people without migraines. In that study, heart attack risk was higher among those whose migraine was accompanied by auras. Sufferers also were 50% more likely to have key risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
What is a Migraine?
It has been said that a migraine attack is like walking on the moon—unless you have experienced it, there is no way to describe it.
Migraines usually affect only one side of the head, most often at the temple, but also around the eye or back of the head. The severity of pain ranges from moderate to severe, and can vary from a steady throb to dagger-like sharpness. Nausea and muscle aches are common, and many sufferers also experience a watering eye, a running nose, or congestion.
A migraine episode may last from 4-to-24 hours.
Migraines tend to occur in the evening or at night and often come with warning signs, such as changes in mood, appetite, and activity levels.
How to Treat and Prevent Migraine Pain
There are many forms of treatment for migraines, including TruDenta therapy offered here at Pasadena Pain Management. We use dental technology and sports medicine techniques to determine the cause of a migraine, and prevent future attacks. In some cases, some patients report relief after their first visit!
If you are living in Southern California and are tired of living with chronic pain from headaches, migraines, or a TMJ disorder, contact Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE consultation.
A FREE CONSULTATION may be all you need to get you living life comfortably again