About 10% of people who suffer from migraines are dealing with chronic migraines. This means that you experience 15 or more days per month with migraine symptoms. Some people even get daily migraines. This can be an extremely debilitating condition and lead to an inability to work and even depression. How can you cope with this chronic health condition? Here are some tips to help you live your best life despite dealing with a life-changing ailment.
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Migraine triggers can vary from person to person. You can use a migraine journal to track your personal triggers. If you want somewhere to start, some of the more common triggers include:
Stress can trigger migraines both coming and going. The problem is that migraines can be triggered by hormone fluctuations. Stress releases a flood of hormones when an anxiety-causing situation arises. Then those hormones rush away when the circumstances end and you are calm again. The key then is to regulate stress through positive coping mechanisms. A few things you may want to try include:
Consistent sleep is important if you get regular migraines. Anything that throws off your sleep schedule may trigger the next attack. How can you control your sleep environment?
Over-the-counter pain medications are commonly taken for migraines, but if you get chronic migraines, this is a bad way to handle them. The fact is that the majority of these OTC pain relievers are not intended for frequent or long-term use. They can cause rebound headaches if not used in moderation. In fact, some patients with chronic migraines find that they get far fewer headaches if they just stop taking the pain meds altogether.
In many case studies, patients who are experiencing migraines and an upper cervical misalignment, see a decrease in the frequency and severity of migraines once the misalignment is corrected. Upper cervical chiropractors are subspecialists in the chiropractic sector who specifically target the atlas and axis (the top two bones in the neck). Using gentle and low force corrections, they are able to restore proper balance to the head and neck. This can correct a number of underlying issues that may lead to migraines, including:
It is no wonder that about 75% of migraine patients also experience neck pain either before or during an attack. Whether you have neck pain as a symptom or not, there could still be an upper cervical misalignment working below the surface to create the conditions that lead to migraines. If you would like to try this natural therapy, you can use the search feature on this site to locate a preferred doctor in your area.
A history of head or neck trauma would also make you a prime candidate for this form of care, although you can suffer an atlas misalignment due to repetitive motion injury, poor posture, or other forms of wear and tear. To learn more, schedule a no-obligation consultation today. You may be about to take your first step down the path to conquering migraines for good.
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