Having frequent migraines isn’t just painful, it can be frustrating, hopeless, and isolating. According to Migraine.com, nearly 38 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from some form of migraine, and nearly 2-3 million suffer from chronic migraines. Unarguable, these headaches disrupt lives and diminish a person’s quality of life — of those 38 million, nearly 91 percent reported missing work due to a migraine, and 69 percent have consulted a physician at some point in time. Even though migraines are the third most common disease in the world, people with migraines struggle to find effective treatment.
Doctors and researchers don’t fully understand what causes migraines, making them difficult to treat from patient to patient. Some may try medication, some may try eliminating certain foods, and others may give up. In this week’s blog, we’ll be talking about another method for migraine prevention: vitamins, minerals, and drug-free options.
Magnesium Oxide Supplements For Migraine Prevention?
The ideal migraine prevention treatment would be effective and come with little to no side-effects. Unfortunately, even with supplements, this doesn’t exist. That’s why it’s important to talk with your doctor before taking any supplements which may interact with medications or cause side-effects. That being said, magnesium oxide has a wealth of research behind it supporting its effectiveness in treating migraines. In a self-reported study, it was shown that taking doses of 400-500 mg per day reduce the frequency of patient migraines by nearly 41 percent. It’s also been found to be most effective in treating migraines which being with an aura. However, some side-effects have been well reported, including diarrhea.
Vitamin D3 and Migraine Prevention
A recent study published in Current Medical Research and Opinion has some good news for migraine sufferers: vitamin D3 may be effective in treating migraines. Conducted at Aalborg University in Denmark, this double-blind study split into male and female participant groups, asked participants to take 100 ug/day of vitamin D3 or a placebo. During the study, participants self-reported headaches, as well as taking quantitative sensory tests, and what the data showed was that there was a noticeable drop in migraines compared to the placebo group.
Drug-free Migraine Treatment
Just like pharmaceutical medication, supplements can interact with medications and cause a number of unpleasant side-effects. Fortunately for migraine sufferers, there’s another option that might not be all that obvious: TMJ treatment. Most are familiar with symptoms like jaw pain, or popping or clicking noises while eating, but frequent headaches are also association with TMJ. Although there’s no clear connection between TMJ and migraines, the dense muscle, bone, and tendons which surround the area where the temporomandibular joint connects with the skull are complicated, causing any number of symptoms which vary between patient to patient.
If you’re experiencing frequent headaches accompanied by other TMJ symptoms, your dentist can help. Drug-free treatments like an oral-splint can help reduce symptoms without nasty side-effects.
If you have chronic headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms, and you’re not happy with your current treatment, we can help. Please call (914) 526-2144 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to learn whether TMJ treatment might help where other treatments have failed.