Communication is a vital aspect of getting the best care for your migraines. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask your healthcare practitioner when you are at the office. A doctor who can offer a relaxed atmosphere in which a series of questions is welcomed shows that you have found a practitioner who really wants to help his or her patients.
#1 How Can I Identify Migraine Triggers?
Many doctors focus on treating symptoms once a migraine occurs rather than on reducing the frequency of attacks. Identifying your triggers is a great way to see if a few simple lifestyle changes could lead to fewer episodes.
#2 What Is a Migraine Journal?
This is a means of identifying your migraine triggers. Since they differ from patient to patient, you need to figure out what your personal triggers are. You can use your journal to record weather conditions, environmental changes (sights, smells, sounds, etc.), and foods or beverages you consume. There are a number of apps available to help you track the more common triggers and identify yours.
#3 Will My Migraines Just Stop on Their Own?
Especially if you are a teen, your migraines may be related to hormone fluctuations. Rather than subjecting yourself to medications with all sorts of side effects, you may be able to wait out the condition. While many young people who get migraines deal with them for life, some “outgrow” them.
#4 What Alternative Forms of Care Are Available?
Before taking whatever the latest “wonder drug” is, you should consider alternative forms of care that produce results naturally. If your doctor is unwilling to discuss alternative forms of care, you may want to consider changing to a more open-minded practitioner.
#5 Should I Be Using Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
You may wonder if these pain relievers are strong enough to do anything for you. However, the more important question is how many times can you take them. These medications are not designed for frequent or long-term use. In fact, one of the side effects of overuse is headaches. So a person who takes too many over-the-counter pain pills may not even know when a headache is an actual migraine or when it is from the pills themselves.
#6 What Are the Side Effects of Prescription Medications for Migraines?
You should clearly understand the possible side effects before taking a prescription medication. Some of the medications prescribed for migraine patients are mind-altering and may be off-label use of anti-seizure meds or antidepressants. Don’t assume the medication was designed specifically for migraines.
#7 Are There Any Lifestyle Changes I Need to Make?
The frequency and severity of migraines can be reduced by numerous changes to a person’s day-to-day activities. For example, not sleeping enough and missing meals can trigger more attacks. Getting regular exercise can help the body’s response to pain.
#8 Could This Be Related to an Injury?
If you never got migraines before an accident or injury, this is a legitimate question. If your problem started with the injury, then the underlying factor may be a physical one that can be corrected. For example, an upper cervical misalignment can reduce blood flow to certain parts of the brain or may inhibit cerebrospinal fluid drainage. These are factors that could lead to migraines. However, the misalignment is very correctable and could reduce the severity and frequency of migraines, perhaps even resolve the issue altogether.
#9 Could Stress Be a Major Factor?
Not only is stress a major trigger of migraines but let-down migraines occur when a person is coming down from being stressed. These migraines are related to hormone changes in the body that relate to stressors. In such a case, it may be helpful to seek coping mechanisms, since some stressors are good and not all forms of stress can be avoided.
#10 Will Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help My Migraines?
Most doctors probably haven’t heard of this. Plus, they may cut you off at the word chiropractic because they are envisioning general chiropractic. However, some specialists such as neurologists are becoming more familiar with this specific niche in the chiropractic field. Let’s examine this closer.
Neck pain is frequently related to migraines. In fact, one of the few symptoms that is more common is the headache itself (although not all migraines have headache as a symptom). This common factor could indicate a common underlying cause. It is no wonder that in case studies involving patients with a misaligned atlas (C1) the success rate is so high.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Is Unique
This natural way of getting help for migraines is unique in several ways. Consider the following:
- It is precise – Rather than forcing the spine in large increments, upper cervical chiropractic moves bones by mere fractions of a millimeter. This precision approach leads to long-lasting results that can be tailored to each person.
- It is gentle – Upper cervical chiropractic can help every member of the family, from a newborn to great-grandma. That’s because it is incredibly gentle and doesn’t involve the popping or twisting of general chiropractic.
- It is cost-effective – Since adjustments are gentle, they have a tendency to hold longer. As adjustments hold, you can schedule appointment further apart. Fewer visits add up to less expense.
These are just a few of the reasons that many have decided to try upper cervical chiropractic care. If you are interested in learning more, contact a practitioner in your local area today!