One patient described the pain as “the feeling of someone sticking a spike in your eye.” Other patients have said it feels as if their head is in a vice. I’ve heard it can’t be quiet enough or dark enough when a migraine attacks.
I’ve spent a lot of time studying migraines. One reason is because so many people suffer from them. Hundreds of patients over the years have told me how migraines make them feel. And it’s not just the pain of the migraine. It’s the fear of when it will strike and how long it will last.
Migraines seem to bring genuine grief to people. Maybe because the pain robs them of so much—like time with their kids and days of work, or even time to relax if a migraine happens to hit during vacation. I really hate hearing about the pain people have from migraines. But what I hate more is the generally accepted position that there’s “not much we can do” about them. I understand the doctor is saying this only after they’ve already tried everything they know to do. After the diet and supplements, after the muscle relaxers, pain killers, antidepressants, nerve blockers, anti-seizure meds, cortisone shots, and shots in the occipital nerve.
That people are willing to try such extreme treatment is proof of how painful migraines can be. They’re even willing to go through treatment that hurts to try to reduce the pain. That’s a terrible cycle. A horrible way to live. And I want you to know, there is something else you can do.
I’m not going to pretend I have a cure all for migraines. I recognize no one can guarantee a cure. But I can tell you this: migraines indicate a problem in the nervous system. A neurological problem. If you really want to be free from chronic migraines, we have to find out where.
When my patients come to my office, I take x-rays so I have a clear picture of the spine. When a patient complains of migraines, I pay special attention to certain areas in the neck. Do you know why? Because every single one of my patients who complained of migraines also had a loss of curve in the vertebrae in the neck. Every one. The loss of curve puts pressure on the nerves. That means there’s a “short” in the system where a weak nerve can’t send and receive the correct signal. The result is—you got it—pressure and pain because the body is trying to warn you that something is terribly wrong. We call that intense pressure and pain a migraine.
Let’s back track.
- What if we trace the pain of a migraine back to a nerve that’s being blocked.
- What if we relieve the pressure from the nerve by adjusting the spine?
- What if we restore the curve to the neck so that the nervous system can send and receive signals correctly?
That’s what happens under structural chiropractic care. That’s what we do at the office every single day. I’ve had patients tell me the best thing about being free of chronic migraines is the relief they feel. They’ve realized something they thought was “broken” is finally fixed. They feel like they’re back in control instead of living with constant anxiety.
When we fix the real problem and restore the curve in the neck, we get real relief. And life can get back to normal. You can be tired with out being scared it’ll trigger a migraine. You’re not paralyzed thinking a stressful day at work will develop into a full-blown assault. You can have wine and coffee, see flashing lights, and complete a full menstrual cycle without wondering if you’ll be forced to retreat to total silence and darkness.
Pain killers, anti inflammatory drugs, and nerve blockers don’t fix the problem. They can’t fix the problem–they aren’t even treating the problem. They are treating the pain (temporarily), but they do nothing to resolve the underlying problem. That means the pressure on the nerve will continue to get worse.
But it doesn’t have to end like this. Call my office. Schedule an appointment for structural x-rays. I can show you in less than a minute if you’ve lost the curve in your spine. And if you have, I will show you exactly where it’s putting pressure on your nerves, and we can begin a treatment plan to remove it.
Call 919-794-9944 now or schedule an appointment. Let’s get your life back.