Older woman using cell phone outdoorsWhat are the causes and symptoms of a migraine? If you Google the phrase “causes and symptoms of migraines,” most of the sites that come up give you the same information.  It is mostly focused on the pain and what medication you should take if you have a migraine.

Most people Google these terms to try to find help.   Unfortunately, nothing really talks about how to get rid of migraines, but merely manage them.  You might see a migraines defined as, “A painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.”  Well, that doesn’t really help you because if you have migraines you don’t really need to have someone explain what it feels like to have a migraine – you have had plenty yourself.

As far as treatments, most of these sites will recommend you see your medical doctor for prescription medication.

Medication options:

  • Antiepileptic drugs such as: Depacon, Depakote, Topiragen, Topamax
  • Beta-blockers: Blocadren, Inderal, Innopran XL, Lopressor, Toprol XL.
  • Botox: Botox is a type of toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It weakens or paralyzes muscles.
  • Pain relievers: Aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), may help relieve mild migraines.

While these drugs may help the symptoms of a migraine, if you had the choice wouldn’t you want a solution that didn’t require you to have to take anything?  Many of these experts also talk about avoiding “triggers,” such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and stress, I would argue that these triggers do not cause migraines.  The reason that I say that is if these triggers caused a migraine, why doesn’t everyone have a migraine when they eat chocolate?  Why do some people have foods or situations that cause a migraine and others don’t have any problem at all?

So that brings us to the question, “What actually causes a migraine?”

This is where the medical community and I agree to some degree.  The Mayo Clinic has this to say: “Although much about the cause of migraines isn’t understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role.  Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway.”

Oh man! “Changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway.”  If the brainstem plays a role in causing migraines, wouldn’t you want to see if your brainstem function was working properly, especially if you have migraines?

Here comes the best part…

The only thing we do in this office is check brainstem function.  In fact, what I have found is just what the medical community believes.  If you have an improperly functioning nervous system and brainstem, it can lead to migraines.  The sad truth is most people have never had an evaluation of their nervous system and brainstem.

Here at The Specific in Boulder, our Doctors are specially trained in finding neurological dysfunction and correcting it.  We use special diagnostic computerized thermography and bio-mechanical laser aligned x-rays.  Our goal is to find the cause of the problem, not just cover up the symptom. If you spend your life simply chasing symptoms, you will never truly be well and end up wasting your time and money.  I don’t know about you, but those are two things that I think are very precious.

If you are frustrated by the results you are achieving by merely managing your migraines, our office is the perfect place for you.  In fact, I am so certain that what we do in the office will make so much sense to you that I am willing to offer a complimentary consultation with one of our Dr.’s to discuss your case and tell you if we can help you.  There is no reason why you have to live with these migraines any more.

All you have to do is call the office at 303-442-5911 or go to www.thespecificboulder.com  I look forward to talking with you soon.

There is HOPE, you can get better.  Get back to living the life you truly desire.