Migraines may be one of the most common ailments with about 12% of people experiencing them, but since women with migraines outnumber men 3 to 1, only about 6% of men have migraine issues. Certain aspects of the modern male lifestyle can make migraines particularly difficult to cope with. Here are a few suggestions for coping with both the condition and the stigma it presents.
Migraines – A Real Pain in the Ego
Of course, it’s entirely possible that part of the gender discrepancy in the number of diagnosed males with migraines could be the stigma associated with going to the doctor. Many men feel they just have to “man up” and deal with the pain silently. As a result, a proper diagnosis may never occur, especially since migraines usually require multiple trips to the doctor to get a diagnosis.
There are other issues that may be faced as well. When the guys want to go out until late in the evening after work, and you know you have to get your rest in order to make it to work tomorrow, you may become subject to some ridicule. That can hurt, even if it is said jokingly. Employers too may be skeptical about whether your conditional is really bad enough to require time off. So migraines may even affect employment options.
Dealing with Migraines the Right Way
All of the above can make it easier just to pop a pain reliever and pretend like nothing is wrong. But that doesn’t stop migraines from recurring. In fact, many pain medications can increase the likelihood of a headache when taken frequently. Accepting that one needs to care for his health is an important first step in getting relief. What are some ways to cope:
- Lifestyle adjustments – Don’t be afraid to turn in early. Sleeping well, eating healthy meals on a regular basis, and getting regular exercise are all a part of keeping migraines at bay.
- Identifying triggers – Keeping track of what leads up to a migraine may help you to identify triggers. Then avoid as many of those triggers as you can.
- Upper cervical chiropractic – Many migraines are the result of a C1 misalignment.
If you are experiencing migraines, especially if they began after a head or neck injury, an atlas misalignment may be the underlying problem. You may be surprised to learn that a gentle adjustment can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. In fact, some patients have been migraine-free from their first correction. Contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more.
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