The pain of a migraine is one that you can’t ignore. Aside from the throbbing headache, migraine sufferers experience a combination of many other associated symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to smell, light, and sound, dizziness, and vision changes. Even after the worst is over, migraineurs can be weak and fatigued for hours or even days afterward. Many people (both migraine sufferers and non-sufferers) don’t understand the huge impact of the condition. Here are five lesser-known facts about migraines that might surprise you:
- Migraines are the leading cause of disability among all neurological disorders. It is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma combined.
- Migraines disproportionately impact women. Of the more than 38 million Americans who suffer from migraines, 28 million of them are women.
- Over 90% of migraine sufferers are unable to work or function normally during an episode.
- Every 10 seconds, someone in the U.S. goes to the emergency room with a complaint of head pain, and approximately 1.2 million visits are for acute migraine attacks.
- More than 4 million people have chronic migraines – that’s at least 15 migraine days per month.
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Finding Some Relief
People have tried everything from home remedies to medications to surgery to get some relief from their migraines. Sometimes these measures provide a temporary solution and help ease some of the migraine symptoms. However, the underlying cause of the migraine episodes isn’t addressed with these treatment options, leaving the migraine sufferer wondering when the next episode will occur.
Upper cervical chiropractic has been extremely effective at addressing the root cause of migraines in many people. That root cause is oftentimes a very specific misalignment of the vertebrae in the upper neck, which causes abnormal stress and pressure on the brainstem, blood vessels, and other tissues. That stress contributes to dysfunction within the body and can frequently cause migraines and other types of headaches as well. Alleviating that pressure will allow those tissues to heal, giving them back their normal ability to function. Addressing this underlying spinal cause of migraines can lead to a lasting reduction in occurrence or even elimination of migraine symptoms altogether.
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