For the estimated 45 million people worldwide1 suffering from migraines, discovering treatment methods that can not only ease the pain from an episode already in progress, but can also prevent future attacks is extremely important. Oftentimes, migraine sufferers can only hope that their medications will be effective and cut short the duration of pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
The standard medical treatment for migraines is to make a best attempt at relieving the symptoms through medication intervention. Below are some of the treatment options and medications used2:
- Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may help relieve a mild migraine
- Migraine-specific over-the-counter medications combine acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. These may help to ease mild to moderate migraine pain.
- These medications, if taken too frequently or for a long duration of time can cause ulcers, bleeding in the gastrointestinal system, and may actually lead to medication-overuse headaches.
- Triptans work by blocking pain pathways in the brain through the constriction of blood vessels.
- The most common Triptan is Imitrex, and is available as a nasal spray, injection, or tablet.
- Side effects include muscle weakness, nausea, and dizziness.
- Preventative medications:
- Most preventative medications used to treat migraines are drugs intended for other uses that are prescribed for off-label usage.
- Medications prescribed to migraine sufferers include cardiovascular drugs such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and even Botox injections.
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Luckily for migraine sufferers in and around Schaumburg, IL, migraine expert Dr. Jeremy Barone is helping many people to find relief naturally. Whether you’ve tried numerousmedications with varying degrees success, or a more natural method free from potentially harmful side-effects appeals to you, upper cervical chiropractor Dr. Barone may be able to address the true, underlying cause of your migraines. Through a thorough analysis of the upper cervical spine, any misalignments of the upper two bones of the neck are detected and subsequently corrected. Misalignments, or subluxations, in this area of the spine have the ability to interfere with proper blood flow and neurological function, and can contribute to the chronic nature of migraines. Once this misalignment is corrected and healing occurs, relief from migraines can be attained naturally, sometimes in as little as a few visits.3
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- Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007; 27(3):193-210.
- Mayo Clinic. Migraine treatments and drugs. [homepage on the Internet]. 2013 [cited 2015 May 7]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/basics/treatment/con-20026358
- Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10.