Migraine Treatment – Options, Questions, and Information


Chronic Migraine Headaches and the standard medical approach

If you suffer from chronic migraine headaches, you are not alone. In fact, you are part of a family of migraine sufferers who is much bigger than it should be. And as you know, this is not a happy family.
Chronic migraines affect millions of people in the US and a large percentage of those people experience headaches frequently, if not daily. Of course, the severity and urgency of this problem has prompted the fields of science and healthcare to explore the ways and means to bring relief to the pain. As the knowledge and understanding of migraine headaches continues to grow, there is an immediate need to help people with the pain they continue to experience, even as the process of research continues.
With that being said though, we would like to explore the standard medical options in migraine treatments.

Standard medical treatments for chronic migraine headaches

#1 Medication Management. This is the first choice of allopathic medicine and by far, the most common line of therapy. There are numerous medications prescribed for migraines. They can be prescribed in multiple combinations and for various reasons. Medications can certainly be of benefit, but if you are still suffering with chronic headaches, I would suggest that a very significant piece of the puzzle is missing,or not being addressed. Additionally, if you think about chronic headaches as a raging fire with billowing smoke, medications are only blowing the smoke away, not dousing the underlying fire.
#2 Trigger Point Injections. Trigger points are those muscle knots which can radiate pain far away from where they are located. They can be nasty for sure, but are they really the cause of the chronic headache? Because a muscle only does what they brain tells it to, it would make sense to find out why neurological reasons why the trigger points continue to emerge. Injections can decrease some pain, but they do not solve the underlying dysfunction.
#3 Botox Injections. Here again, injections can be used to alter the function of nerves. Some people do experience good results with Botox injections, but some do not. Completely stopping the normal function of a nerve can result in pain relief, but it certainly alters other, non-pain functions as well.
#4 Lifestyle Management. What you come into contact with through your daily life can be important in the development and exacerbations of headaches. Many factors can be involved in this

The Functional Neurology approach to chronic migraine headaches

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After reviewing these standard medical treatments for chronic migraine headaches, it is important to point out that none of them are geared towards problem solving, or figuring out the real cause, or understanding the mechanisms behind the pain, and how to permanently resolve it. So with that being said, let’s outline some of the testing and procedures we use in order to fully investigate and treat chronic migraine headaches.
#1 Check for inflammation. Inflammation can be present in either the body, the brain, or both. The presence of inflammation is a signal that the immune system is overactive and needs to be addressed in order to quench the fire. Chronic inflammation means constant irritation which could affect body tissues as well as nerves and brain tissue, predisposing it to abnormal function. Investigating the causes of immune activation could include factors such as: hidden infections, food allergies, toxic exposure, nutrient depletion,

genes and more…
#2 Check for Neurotransmitter dysfunctions. You’ve probably heard the term ‘chemical imbalance’, but has anyone ever objectively tested your brain chemicals? We have the capability of checking exactly which neurotransmitters may be depleted, or which are overactive. Either situation could predispose to abnormal brain function.
#3 Check for proper function of the brain and nerves. In addition to chemistry, the brain runs on electricity. The vibrancy of the electrical transmission in the brain can be checked during a thorough functional neurology exam. The goal is to determine which ‘circuits’ are involved and to what extent.
#4 Check for hormonal dysfunctions. Multiple hormonal systems can be affected by, and contribute to, chronic migraine headaches. Sometimes, the hormonal issues can be viewed as a ‘chicken or egg’ scenario, but it is important to see exactly how the endocrine system is involved in a situation of chronic migraine headaches. These factors could include the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary glands.
Then what to do about all this…
At Keystone Chiropractic Neurology, our goal is to figure out exactly why you are having chronic migraine headaches, and what to do to fix it. Dr. Sullivan might choose to explore any or all of these health factors, specific to your history and examination. Putting the peices together then, is how treatment can produce excellent results.

If you have been everywhere and tried everything, but the migraine headaches still persist, call 717 697-0589 today at start living the life you deserve.

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