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Migraines

Are you tired of running from doctor to doctor only to play “Russian Roulette” with different medications for your HEADACHES?
“Here try this drug, that drug didn’t work? Try this one!”
Are you tired of taking drugs that do not fix the problem?
Do you continue to struggle with chronic headaches day in and day out?
WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU THERE IS NEW HOPE!

migraine ciitThe migraine headache is perhaps the best-known special type of headache. It is really called the migraine syndrome. By syndrome, we mean that many things accompany the headache – all of them bad. Symptoms include dizziness, visual problems, and spots before the eyes, redness, and swelling, tearing of the eyes, muscle contraction, irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea.

These symptoms often arise before the headache hits. The headache itself may last for a few minutes to a few days, and the severity may range from minor discomfort to immobilizing agony. The migraine pain is most common in the temple, but it may be experienced anywhere in the head, face and neck.

Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraines, and millions go without treatment. Scientists once thought migraines were caused by abnormally dilated or enlarged blood vessels. Now, new imaging devices have allowed them to watch brains during migraine attacks, and scientists are discovering that sufferers have abnormally excitable neurons or brain nerve cells.

The latest migraine research has yielded a mechanism called cortical spreading depression, or CSD. Prior to the onset of pain in a migraine, researchers have observed a sudden burst of brain activity that occurs most commonly in the occipital lobes (back part of the brain). The occipital lobe becomes very active and then there is an episode of silence or depressed activity. The resulting pain comes from either the brain stem activation or from blood vessels inflamed by rapidly exchanging blood flow – or both.

We take a different approach to the treatment and prevention of headaches and migraines. After a thorough neurological examination, we determine which part of the nervous system is not functioning properly. In many headache and migraine patients, we may find an elevated midbrain (mesencephalic) activity. There are three parts to the brain stem: top, middle, and lower. The mesencephalon is the top part of the brain stem. A high output of the mesencephalon will cause an increased pulse and heart rate, inability to sleep or waking up easily, increased warmth or sweating, and sensitivity to light.

The bottom line is that migraines are a symptom of underlying dysfunction in your body.  We need to identify the cause(s) that may be coming from your nervous system, biochemistry, lifestyle, etc. and make significant changes so these headaches don’t plague you for the rest of your life.

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