Suffering from migraines can be a lonely and isolating. Not only do they cause you to take time off work in order to seclude yourself in the bedroom with the lights off, but they can impair your productivity between attacks. Migraines can go misdiagnosed or under treated for years. That’s because we don’t yet fully understand what causes migraines, or even what they are. Instead of a diagnosis as simple and obvious as a broken bone, the term, “migraine,” defines a network of symptoms that can vary from person to person. Even more complicated is the fact that there are certain genetic factors which cause some treatment options to be significantly less effective for patients.
Chronic migraines can feel unsolvable and like your alone in a world of pain. However, some researchers at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) argue they may have found a new, effective treatment: a non-narcotic nasal spray.
The Early Research
One important caveat is that this research is new, and must undergo several years worth of studies before it ever reaches the hands of consumers. That being said, the research shows promise. A medication known as prochlorperazine, a dopamine receptor antagonist that has been commonly used to treat nausea, have been shown to provide better migraine relief than other medications, including, metoclopramide, and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), ketorolac. The limitation of prochlorperazine is that it’s currently only available as a pill, which has a delayed reaction when it comes to treating migraines.
Researchers hope that the prochlorperazine nasal spray will deliver the effectiveness of the drug more rapidly, and have begun testing the drug’s stability as a nasal spray.
Other Forms of Treatment
If you have chronic migraines and are seeking treatment quickly, then you may consider scheduling an appointment with a dentist offering treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. That’s because it may be that your frequent headaches could be related to your jaw. A recent study by the University of Sao Paulo’s Ribeirao Preto School in Brazil, found that patients with chronic migraines which usually occur for more than 15 days a month, are likely to experience severe symptoms of TMJ.
While TMJ and migraines have yet to be definitively linked, many patients suffering from TMJ experience frequent headaches as a common symptom. The temporomandibular joint is connected to a vast network of muscles, bone, and nerves within the skull, and has been known to cause many issues such as tinnitus or ringing in the ears, when it becomes dysfunctional.
How is TMJ Treated?
There are many drug-free treatment options available that have been known to be effective in mitigating symptoms. Custom-made mouth splints can lower that damage caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. When the proper jaw position is established, your jaw can begin to heal itself properly. Sometimes, you might opt for dental reconstruction if you don’t want to wear your splint for the rest of your life or have related dental damage you want to repair.
If you’re not sure if you have TMJ, other symptoms can include facial pain, vertigo, neck and back pain, and tingling or numbness in the fingers.
If you are looking for relief from your TMJ symptoms in Wichita Falls, TX, please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment at StarImage Dentistry.