Suffering From Migraines?

Person with headacheMigraines can be difficult to deal with and disrupt lives. If you suffer from frequent headaches you should always be evaluated by your Doctor to rule out anything serious.  You should also be evaluated by your Dentist. Most patients don’t realize that how their teeth fit together can put undue stress and strain on the joint and muscles that can lead to headaches. Even teeth that appear to be relatively straight can still be out of alignment enough to cause headaches and jaw problems. Straightening your teeth is no longer a beauty treatment but an important part of your overall health. Invisalign is a great option for those who don’t want to wear traditional braces. You can take Invisalign aligners out to eat and to brush and floss.

If you still suffer from headaches after ruling out anything serious, in a study from Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia, a coenzyme Q10 supplement (150 milligrams per day) cut migraines in half for the majority of patients.

Also beware of popping pain meds (including aspirin and other pain relievers) on a regular basis (more than 3 times a week) because it raises your risk for what is referred to as “rebound pain” which prolongs your headache. Opiate based drugs like Vicodin can do more damage by creating more pain neurons in the brain or by lowering your pain threshold.

Diet can also play role. Compounds in cheese and chocolate and dehydration can trigger migraines. Oversleeping can also trigger migraines. Try to stick to your normal sleep routine on the weekends.

June Camacho

Disclaimer: The above is not intended as medical advice but for educational purposes only.