There are about 100 million people with headaches in the U.S., and about 37 million of these people suffer from migraines. Some migraines are associated with pain on only one side of the head, while others result in pain all over. Migraine sufferers may not be able to participate in normal activities because of the pain, and will often seek out a quiet, dark room.
The Most Common Symptoms of Migraines:
- Throbbing, pulsating pain
- Light sensitivity
- Sound sensitivity
- Pain on one side
- Blurred vision
What Causes Migraines?
Conventional medicine would have you believe that the underlying reasons for migraines are largely unknown. However, there are actually several common causes of migraines that when addressed properly can drastically reduce and even eliminate migraines!
Estrogen Dominance (Low Progesterone)
It is no coincidence that 70% of all migraine sufferers are women. Estrogen dominance is a form of hormonal imbalance that is extremely common and will eventually affect all women. Estrogen dominance is not limited to menopausal women. In fact, women as early as in their 20’s can experience estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance can cause fluid retention and brain swelling, causing migraines. If your headaches tend to come around a certain time each month then there is a very high likelihood that they are hormonal in nature. Learn more about Estrogen Dominance and how to treat it.
Excitotoxins (Such as MSG and Aspartame)
The manufacturers of these chemicals would have you believe that its products are completely safe. After all, they are found is virtually everything (just start reading labels). However, Excitotoxins are actually one of the biggest migraine triggers. An excitotoxin is a chemical that literally over-excites a nerve cell until it is damaged or dies. They are also addictive, so that you want to eat more and more of the foods that contain them.
Numerous studies have found that migraine sufferers who are put through an elimination diet of the most common food sensitivities saw dramatic relief from their migraines, including 85% of the participants becoming headache-free. Some of the top migraine-inducing food sensitivities include wheat, dairy, yeast, & corn. Food Sensitivity Testing is a fast and effective way to discover which foods you are sensitive to.
Another of the most commonly overlooked migraine triggers is a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can cause vascular spasms, which then reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Studies have shown that up to 50% of migraine patients have lowered levels of magnesium during a migraine, and an IV of magnesium can provide rapid relief. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common, accounting for nearly 80% of the population. The best form of magnesium supplement is Magnesium Glycinate at 200 – 600 mg per day.
Drugs Are Not the Answer
Prescription drugs may help with temporary relief but do not prevent migraines from occurring. As with many health concerns, a real solution will depend on the underlying factor(s) actually causing the problem. Migraines are one problem where some detective work and the guidance of an open-minded practitioner can yield life changing results.
If you suffer from migraines we would love to help you get to the root cause of why you have them, and provide you with real solutions. To Request a Free Consultation at the Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa, simply call us at (281) 313-7435 or fill out an Online Consultation Request.