If you suffer from frequent migraines, we don’t need to tell you how terrible they can be. The head-splitting pain, the nausea and sound sensitivity: they’re enough to drive you over the edge. Especially if they cause you to miss work or, worse, lose out on family time with loved ones. But perhaps the worst feature of migraines is the difficulty we have in treating them. Because we’ve yet to figure out the mechanisms that cause them, treatments vary across the board, and the effectiveness of any treatment is not guaranteed.
If you’re here, it’s probably because you’ve experienced this yourself. Unfortunately, there is not yet a migraine miracle cure. But there are several effective approaches that could help you be more productive and happy.
What About X….?
There are many migraine treatments backed only by anecdotal evidence. Daith piercings, acupuncture, or huffing lavender oil: many people swear by these things. But there is only limited scientific basis for these treatments. Lavender oil, for example, has shown some success in mitigating some of the negative symptoms during a migraine, but not much success in preventing them altogether.
This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. For hundred of years, it’s been a tradition for someone to stand on a street corner touting the incredible properties of the most recent breakthrough. These days many self-published books on treating migraines seem to be of the same vein. Speak with your doctor before introducing new supplements or minerals into your daily diet.
Interestingly enough, there is promising research suggesting that magnesium oxide supplements have been used to some success in preventing migraines.
The prevalence of ineffective treatments can make you want to give up. But persistence is often the key to finding an effective migraine treatment.
Could Your Headaches be TMJ?
Migraines are complicated phenomenons that vary in severity and symptoms across patients. While there is no miracle cure, effective treatments do exist. Finding the root cause of your migraines can guide you to them. If you’re like many, your symptoms may be related to TMJ, and if that ends up being the case, this could be your lucky day.
Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is essentially a malfunctioning joint. It can severely affect the structures connected to or surrounding it. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to skull, and allows for the jaw to move up and down as well as side to side. When this joint becomes damaged, either by trauma or arthritis, this could travel to the surrounding structures in the head, leading to symptoms such as vertigo, tingling fingers, and even frequent headaches.
Visiting a dentist competent in treating TMJ, may begin to alleviate symptoms like frequent headaches, as well as lessening jaw pain. Many patients also like that we offer drug-free TMJ therapy.
If you live in or around Wichita Falls and you suspect that TMJ might be responsible for your headaches, please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment at StarImage Dentistry.