By Dr. Katia Meier
Migraines and other types of headaches can cause significant productive loss to employers, and are one of the most common complaints seen in the doctor’s office. Migraine attacks often present as visual disturbances, anxiety, fatigue, disturbed thinking, or numbness and tingling of the extremities.
Migraine headaches can be caused by nerve disorders, vascular disorders, hormone imbalances, blood disorders, stress, and food allergies, and stress often contributes to the development of migraines.
Some of the illnesses to be ruled out are bowel problems, mold allergies, vitamin deficiencies, hypertension, TMJ misalignment, food allergies or intolerance, dehydration, spinal subluxations, coffee/caffeine intoxication, and aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) toxicity among others. All of these problems can cause migraine symptoms and usually can be treated very easily without the use of drugs. There are different theories about the physiological cause of migraines.
Proper analysis before treatment:
Although drug treatments are effective, people suffering from headaches often use a wide spectrum of complementary and alternative treatments. If you are looking for natural remedies to prevent and treat migraine headaches, you will first need a complete medical, family, hormone, and diet history before considering the cause of migraine.
Alternative treatments aimed at stress reduction, such as biofeedback and relaxation, are well-studied and should be considered for patients with headaches. These strategies should be considered in addition to a full medical evaluation that includes investigation about the specific cause. The treatment plan should include lifestyle and environmental changes as well as consideration of natural supplements and remedies. The treatment plan should encompass treating you as a person and be tailor-made to fit your needs.
Background: Dr. Katia Meier received her M.D. at Johannes Gutenberg University and the University of North Dakota. She is Board certified in Anti-aging medicine and specialty trained in hormone replacement therapy. She worked in the hospital setting for eight years before opening Clear Sky Medical in 2007.