For some, migraines may begin with pain in the neck area. This is due to muscles that are tightening more and more as time passes. When this tightening begins to affect the nerves of the neck that travel into the head, a migraine may be the end result. When this happens, what is the best way to deal with the pain? Let’s take a look at some common ways to care for a migraine. This will help one to make an informed decision as to what is best for you personally.
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How Medication Affects Migraines
Most medical doctors will begin by suggesting that their patients take over-the-counter medication such as:
- NSAIDs (ibuprofen)
These may work well for one patient but not for another. Each migraine is as different as the individual experiencing it. Doctors may also suggest using multiple medications. However, one must be aware that rebound headaches are a possible outcome of using numerous medicines to treat headaches. These can be more intense than an actual migraine.
Opioids are another type of medication that can be used to treat migraines. They work by administering a certain amount of medication at intermittent times during the day. The goal of this medication is to control migraine headaches and avoid rebound headaches. This is done by using various blocking methods, such as blocking:
- Occipital nerves
- Facet joints
- Segmental nerve roots
- Nerve roots
- Trigger points
Is this the right answer for a person suffering from migraines? Well, before answering, one must realize that, while the above may give temporary relief, it is possible for migraines to return because the root cause is not being examined and addressed. It is often seen that headaches are the result of a problem with the spine, particularly the upper cervical spine. So, how is this problem helped?
Migraines and Upper Cervical Chiropractors
An upper cervical chiropractor will examine a patient for any signs that there may be a misalignment of the upper bones of the neck. This type of misalignment may press on the brainstem and is a potential reason for migraines to occur. By using a gentle procedure, this misalignment can be corrected, often bringing much-needed relief to migraine sufferers.
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