Are chronic migraines impacting your life?
If so, there’s a high possibility that you also have sleep apnea — and, according to a new study, it’s likely your physician is missing your sleep apnea because of your migraines.
The good news? Sleep apnea treatment can significantly improve your migraines.
How Likely Are Sleep Disorders Linked to Chronic Migraine?
The new study was recently published looking at the difference between people with chronic or episodic migraine. It was based on a database of nearly 13,000 migraine patients, with about 1100 having chronic migraine and the rest having episodic migraines.
The study didn’t actually look at the diagnosis of sleep apnea, but instead focused on the risk level for sleep apnea based on their Berlin Questionnaire (BQ) scores. The BQ is a sleep apnea screening tool that has a reasonable reliability for predicting sleep apnea risk. They found that, overall, 37% of patients were at high risk for sleep apnea. However, the risk was much higher for chronic migraine sufferers: about 52% of them were at high risk.
However, only about 8% of all patients had actually been diagnosed with sleep apnea, suggesting that many people with migraine were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Help with Migraines
Whether you are suffering from chronic or episodic migraines, you should consider getting evaluated for a diagnosis.
And if you do find that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, it could be a great way to improve your migraines. Studies have shown that when migraineurs have their sleep apnea treated, they see big reductions in their migraines, including a:
- reduction in migraine frequency of 92%
- reduction in their migraine duration by 86%
- reduction in their migraine severity by 89%.
In response to these reductions, migraineurs also reported that their migraine medication use also dropped by 95%!
That’s great benefits for people who often have a remarkably difficult time getting good treatment for their condition.
Treatment for Migraines in Pasadena CA
If you have migraines and suspect that sleep apnea might be making them worse, we can help.
We may also be able to help with migraines even if they’re not linked to sleep apnea. We offer TMJ treatment, which can also help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
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.