If you suffer from both migraines and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you are far from alone. In fact, these two conditions happen together so often that researchers went looking for a genetic factor that could link the two. What did they find? Is there a natural way to get help for your migraines? Read on to find the answers.
How Migraines and IBS Are Connected
Migraines are one of the world’s most common health problems with about 12% of adults dealing with this debilitating neurological condition. IBS is the most common gastrointestinal condition, and with estimates that 45 million Americans are dealing with IBS, it’s actually even more common than migraines.
According to research, a person who deals with migraines is twice as likely to have IBS. The researchers found a difference in the serotonin receptor 2A gene in patients who suffered from both conditions. While this genetic marker does not mean that these conditions are hereditary, it does show that a person can be predisposed to both.
Is there a way to effectively deal with migraines, regardless of whether you are predisposed to them?
Finding Natural Migraine Relief
First of all, a predisposition doesn’t mean that will get a particular ailment. It just means that you are genetically more likely to do so. Something else has to happen to cause the condition. For many migraine patients, that genesis is an upper cervical misalignment.
The C1 and C2 vertebrae at the base of the skull allow the head to move in a wide range, but it also leaves these bones susceptible to misalignment. The subluxation, in turn, can cause reduced blood flow to the head, brainstem malfunction, and even issues with drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. These factors can all contribute to migraines.
By correcting the underlying issue – the misalignment – upper cervical chiropractors have been able to help many migraine patients to find natural relief. To learn if this is a viable option for you, contact a practitioner in your area and set up a consultation.