One of the common misconceptions about headaches is that they are a normal part of life. So many people have them that they begin to think that because they are so common they must be normal. We meet hundreds of patients that have fallen into this trap, suffering with a problem that could be solved. Headaches and migraines are not a normal part of life, and you deserve to have a dedicated team working to help you overcome them.
The majority of people that suffer with headaches or migraines use medication to help make their symptoms bearable, but in this day and age there must be more that we can do. The reality is that medication is not designed to correct the cause of your headaches, it’s designed to help you with your symptoms. If you want long term relief you have to work with a healthcare provider that will help you get to the source of the problem. Our team at Integrative Physical Medicine was designed help patients that want long term relief.
If you have headaches or migraines then chances are very good that you are a candidate for treatment in our clinic. Your initial consultation is a great time for you to work with our team to see if our treatment options are right for you. If you are struggling with headaches right now, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of one of our appointment slots that we have opened this week.
Integrative Physical Medicine offers some of the most advanced non-surgical procedures available today. Our healthcare team is made up of doctors and healthcare professionals from different disciplines, which allows us to offer our patients a wide array of treatment options. Our team will establish an accurate diagnosis, and work with you to design a treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
On your first visit to our office our doctors will sit down with you one on one to evaluate your case. This will give you a chance to see the dedication we have to finding the true cause of your condition. We expect to provide each of our patients with the highest level of healthcare.
Though migraine causes aren’t understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role.
Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway.
Imbalances in brain chemicals — including serotonin, which helps regulate pain in your nervous system — also may be involved. Researchers are still studying the role of serotonin in migraines.
Serotonin levels drop during migraine attacks. This may cause your trigeminal nerve to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain’s outer covering (meninges). The result is migraine pain. Other neurotransmitters play a role in the pain of migraine, including calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).
A number of factors may trigger migraines, including:
Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause.
Hormonal medications, such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, also may worsen migraines. Some women, however, find their migraines occur less often when taking these medications.
Several factors make you more prone to having migraines, including:
They may also change during pregnancy or menopause. Migraines generally improve after menopause.
Some women report that migraine attacks begin during pregnancy, or their attacks worsen. For many, the attacks improved or didn’t occur during later stages in the pregnancy. Migraines often return during the postpartum period.
Sometimes your efforts to control your migraine pain cause problems, such as:
Medication-overuse headaches occur when medications stop relieving pain and begin to cause headaches. You then use more pain medication, which continues the cycle.
While the risk is considered extremely low, taking migraine medications called triptans and antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. These medications naturally raise serotonin levels, and it is possible that combining them could cause levels that are too high.
Triptans and SSRIs or SNRIs may be used together, but it’s important to watch out for possible symptoms of serotonin syndrome such as changes in cognition, behavior and muscle control (such as involuntary jerking).
Triptans include medications such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig). Some common SSRIs include sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Sarafem, Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil). SNRIs include duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor XR).
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