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What’s Going on in Your Head?

At one point or another, we have all suffered from a headache that takes us out of our days. But is it always a migraine? The providers here at NaturKur Wellness Center have thoughts to weigh in.

To begin understanding what is happening when some of us suffer from debilitating pain from migraines, but what if it isn’t actually a migraine? There are different types of headaches that can present themselves like migraines, such as thunderclap and tension headaches. These can cause pain that is severe with a sudden onset and occur when muscles contract along the neck and scalp.

So…what’s considered a migraine?

A migraine is a headache that usually involves multiple stages called the prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome that cause notable pain for hours and even days. The effects of this pain can be disabling, as light sensitivity rises and tingling along the side of the face or body. The pain can also cause difficulties in speaking along with nausea and vomiting.

What is the root of the problem?

If the pain occurs consistently, it is good to keep track and assess the pattern of how frequent and when it happens. The month matters if menstruating, because it can be due to hormonal imbalances. It could also be stress induced if you have a particularly busy or physically demanding lifestyle. Adrenal fatigue is often an underlying cause.

Diet is integral in maintaining a healthy body, and it could also be a cause of painful headaches. Certain foods that contain alcohol, caffeine could trigger the pain. Dehydration is another way you could feel a headache, but also over-hydration can be a culprit.

A lot of times, the location of the pain may be indicative of its root cause and also how providers can approach treatment. What is a blinding pain in the front of the face could be caused by blocked sinuses, and immediate relief can be found through a neurocranial release. Trigger points can be identified and treated with targeted approach of acupuncture.

What can you do to help yourself?

Prevention is key, and taking the time to really assess how your body is feeling throughout the month is a great first step to understanding what may not be going the way you would like. Being open to various causes to this pain is also valuable in your journey. Get the support of health experts to help find the underlying cause.

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Tips:

“Women with migraines need to know what their ratio of progesterone to estrogen.”

-Dr. Iris Crawford

She offers an adrenal and hormone panel to help assess hormone levels that can be helpful in understanding your pain. Along with that, hormone balancing treatments will work on your adrenal health.

“Make sure you take your electrolytes, in the form of bone broth, coconut water, or nuun tablets. Gatorade is not the answer because it often has too much sugar and sodium to help.”

-Dr. Jill Ghormley

She offers naturopathic adjustments that manipulate the spine in a way that provides relief to tightness in the lower back. Craniosacral therapy to encourage plasticity and movement because when related, the pressure is taken away from a headache. Essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier, and she recommends using them over NSAIDs.

“If you get a headache, regardless of what you call it, acupuncture can help. Headaches are avoidable, or at the very least, they are treatable. Take initiative and be committed to changing your health.”

-Phil Cohen

He offers trigger point acupuncture treatments in 45-60 minute sessions that work along the base to the upside of the head, targeting pain that can be felt behind the eye. He expects that it would take 2-3 treatments to get rid of the pain.

“Pharmaceuticals can sometimes offer in the moment relief but they lack an ability to get the root cause. Treatment options are plentiful! Western medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, and homeopathy have different methods of evaluating and treating headaches.”

-Dr. Cynthia Kotarski