Migraine Causes and Treatments

June is National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month. If you’ve never had a migraine, count yourself lucky!  Almost 5 million people in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month. There are different types of migraines, but the most common migraine symptoms are:

  • Throbbing, pulsating pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Vision changes
  • Aura
  • Vomiting

The underlying causes for having a migraine are not certain, but we do know common triggers that can bring them on. Things that can trigger a migraine can be food related like food additives, aged cheeses, salty foods, skipping meals, processed foods, aspartame, MSG, cured meats, dried fish and fruits. Additionally,  bright lights and TV, extreme fatigue, dehydration, odors, caffeine in excess or withdrawal from caffeine, eyestrain, alcohol, hormones and menstrual periods and changing weather.

If you are one of the unlucky people who experiences migraine attacks, avoiding these triggers may help.  Acupuncture has been proven to help with the severity of migraines as well. Research published in The Canadian Medical Association Journal found acupuncture was able to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines in practically all of the participants of the study who received traditional acupuncture. The study was held over four weeks, with twice-weekly acupuncture sessions. Three months after the treatment, people who received acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity.

The proper supplements can help with migraine relief as well.  Some of these include magnesium, B12, and Coenzyme 10. You may need to consult with your doctor to make sure these do not interact with other medications or supplements, so scheduling an appointment to go over a complete treatment plan may be the best plan of action.

Don’t let another day of suffering go by if you have chronic migraines.  Call us today at 504-522-9645 to discuss your treatment options!