Migraines are an extremely common condition globally with about 10-12% of people dealing with this neurological condition. In the United States, that equates to about 38 million people. And yet there are still many falsehoods that people believe in connection with it. We’re about to debunk 5 migraine myths to help keep you in the know.
Myth #1: Migraines Are Just Severe Headaches
The fact is that while most migraines will present with a moderate to a severe headache, this is just one symptom of a complex neurological condition. Other symptoms can include nausea, sensory sensitivities, aura, vertigo, and more.
Myth #2: It Only Affects Women
This myth got started because women with migraines outnumber men 3 to 1. But that still leaves about 6% of men dealing with the neurological condition. Another factor that contributes to this misconception is that migraines can get worse at certain points in a woman’s monthly cycle or during pregnancy or menopause.
Myth #3: Kids Don’t Get Migraines
Going by percentages, children actual get more migraines than adult males with about 10% of children dealing with this condition. Diagnosis often has to be confirmed by family history because children may be unable to explain their symptoms.
Myth #4: Episodes Only Last for a Day
Some episodes can last for several days. Also, if a person experiences chronic migraines, they are dealing migraines at least half of the month. Some experience daily headaches and find it difficult to identify when one attack ends and the next begins.
Myth #5: The Only Way to Get Help for Migraines Is Medication
First of all, medication doesn’t help the underlying cause of the condition – it just covers up the symptoms, such as pain or nausea. Second, there is a natural way to get help, for a chronic migraine problem. Many migraines are the result of an upper cervical subluxation. Correcting this misalignment has brought fast relief to many and can even result in long-term relief.
Upper cervical chiropractic is a very specific and gentle form of chiropractic that focuses on the top two bones of the spine that play a key role in everything from vertebral blood flow to cerebrospinal fluid drainage. To learn more about how upper cervical care may be able to help with chronic conditions, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you.