Migraine headaches can be devastating. The only thing on the mind of those that are suffering through one is how and where to find the fastest relief possible. The first place many turn is to prescription or over-the-counter medication. However, this is not always the proper way to deal with migraines, particularly for certain people.
Many people who have migraines also have been diagnosed with a heart condition. For such ones, taking prescription migraine medicine could be a mistake that can lead to further health complications. Why is this the case?
The drugs that doctors commonly prescribe to treat a migraine once it has begun are called triptans. The way that triptans work is that they temporarily narrow the blood vessels. This can have dangerous consequences for people who have a heart condition. In addition, anyone who falls into the following categories is at risk of complications from migraine medicine:
- Those with a family history of stroke or heart disease
- Those between the ages of 40-50
Another reason for anyone to think twice about taking migraine medications has to do with the fact that these medications have only temporary effects on migraines. While they may provide partial relief to someone experiencing a migraine attack, they do not address the underlying cause of the issue. If a person gets into a cycle of taking medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, on a regular basis, he or she is at risk for developing what is called a rebound or a medication overuse headache. This means that the medication actually causes another headache to occur.
Natural Migraine Relief
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen great success in helping patients who suffer from migraines. Often a migraine is connected to a small misalignment of the upper bones in the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Once this misalignment is corrected through a gentle technique, my patients in case studies have reported seeing a significant difference in both the frequency and intensity of headaches. Some see them go away completely.