Are you tired of feeling like no one understands the pain and frustration of living with migraine? Do you wonder why you can't seem to get through your days without dealing with debilitating headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound? Does migraine often make you feel alone, isolated, or ashamed of your condition? Do you always try to find the answer to questions like, “How do you cure a migraine fast?” or “Is my condition totally hopeless?”.
You’re not the only one suffering from this debilitating condition. In the US alone, about 39 million people are diagnosed with this condition, which can be a lot higher if you factor in those who do not get diagnosed or proper care. So, in the spirit of Migraine Awareness Month, we thought of sharing a few golden nuggets to help you and an affected loved one manage your migraine episodes with greater ease.
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Migraine affects over one billion people worldwide, making it the third most prevalent illness globally. Yet, despite its prevalence and impact, many people still struggle with symptoms and limited treatment options.
One of the biggest challenges facing people with migraine is the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding the condition. Chances are, you have heard people around you refer to your migraines as “just headaches” or shrug off your symptoms and say, "You will be better in a jiffy, hon”.
Often, this leads to feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation, as well as having very little support from others. Most migraineurs choose to suffer in silence. Others withdraw from their social circle and keep the pain to themselves.
Needless to say, this thinking needs to stop. Those who suffer from migraine should know that there is hope and that the debilitating symptoms need not be part of their lives.
Another challenge healthcare professionals notice among people with migraines is the lack of knowledge of proper care options. While various medications and therapies are available to help manage migraine symptoms, they are not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that countless of migraineurs are unaware of their condition's trigger or root cause, preventing them from improving their management or care plan. If you are in a similar position, you might find it helpful to listen to your body and understand your patterns and symptoms.
Sadly, there is no cure for migraine at the moment. But there are different methods available to you to help ease your symptoms. One natural, non-invasive, and drug-free approach is Upper Cervical Care. Since migraine usually causes head pain, many people focus on addressing issues linked to the area where the pain starts: the atlas and axis bones.
It’s the perfect technique to explore, especially if you have a history of whiplash, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, or other similar sources of head and neck trauma. These events cause the cervical spine to misalign, affecting the balance of your body and causing neurovascular compression that impacts nerve signal transmission and fluid flow to and from the head.
An Upper Cervical Chiropractor can fix the misalignments with gentle adjustments. This will help relieve pressure on the nerves and the brainstem that influence and trigger migraine attacks. Your body will also start healing naturally when balance and proper alignment are restored in your spine. This could reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms, so you can return to your life before the migraine and start living life to the fullest!
Apart from seeking out specialized care, such as Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, there are a variety of lifestyle changes and self-care strategies that can help you manage your symptoms, including:
You can find lasting relief from your symptoms and live normally again with proper care. By proactively managing your migraine and advocating for better awareness and support, you and your loved ones can move from feeling misunderstood and alone to empowered and connected. Join us in raising awareness and advocating for better resources for people with migraine, one step at a time.
Share this blog post with a loved one, or better yet, encourage them to check out the Upper Cervical Awareness directory to find a Doctor of Chiropractic who can help ease their recurring migraine episodes.
The content and materials provided in this web site are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to supplement or comprise a medical diagnosis or other professional opinion, or to be used in lieu of a consultation with a physician or competent health care professional for medical diagnosis and/or treatment. All content and materials including research papers, case studies and testimonials summarizing patients' responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.