Researchers Learning About Migraine Symptoms Via Social Media

How social media helps researchers learn about Migraine Symptoms?

Migraines rank high on the list of the most debilitating health conditions and yet so little is known about this chronic health condition. Researchers came up with the idea to gather more information from migraine sufferers on social media, a place where people often feel safe speaking about personal matters—even those related to health.

How the Migraine Research Was Conducted

678 individuals responded to questions using Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Over the course of 3 weeks, 3 rounds of questioning took place. The responses are helping researchers to get a closer look at the sensory symptoms experienced along with the severe headache that migraines are most well known for.

Migraine patients experience changes in smell, taste, sight, and hearing. The study revealed that many migraine sufferers smell animal odors or cigarettes during an attack. Many also experienced ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Metallic tastes were also documented as common.

The research also revealed the effect that migraines can have on family life. More than 40% of those polled felt that they could take better care of their children if they were not battling migraines. Nearly a quarter of the spouses of migraine patients also felt this way. Almost half of responders said that they missed a family activity in the past 30 days due to a migraine.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic May Help

The sensory symptoms of a migraine may be connected to problems with blood flow to the brain, issues with eustachian tube function, or changed brainstem function. These are all aspects that relate to a misalignment of the upper cervical spine, especially the atlas (C1 vertebra).

Upper cervical chiropractic is a very specialized form of chiropractic that addresses misalignments of the atlas. By means of gentle adjustments, these subluxations can be corrected. Brainstem function may normalize, and proper blood flow and eustachian tube function can be restored. For some patients, this has led to a complete resolution of migraines, and for many more, the frequency and severity of migraines has been greatly reduced.

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