Migraines are such a common condition that many people feel they know all they need to know about them. However, if you or a loved one are suffering from migraines, it is important to learn as much as possible about the condition. Here are 7 things you may not know about migraines.
#1 Some Migraine Patients Suffer 15 or More Days Per Month
This is referred to as chronic migraines. While most people who get migraines experience 1-2 per month only, there are about 4 million people who deal with chronic migraines.
#2 Migraines Can Affect Both Sides of the Head
Pain on one side of the head is a commonly listed migraine symptom. As a result, some migraine sufferers incorrectly think they are just dealing with bad headaches. 1 in every 3 migraine sufferers experiences pain on both sides of the head.
#3 Medication Overuse Is the Most Common Cause of Chronic Migraines
Over-the-counter medication, when used too often, can cause rebound migraines. This is the most common way that people who suffer from occasional migraine episodes end up with chronic migraines.
#4 Depression and Anxiety Are More Common for Migraine Sufferers
If a person experiences migraines, he or she is 3 times as likely to also deal with depression and anxiety.
#5 Migraine Risk May Be Hereditary
According to researchers, a child with one parent who suffers from migraines has a 50% chance of experiencing them. For a child who has two parents with migraines, the risk increases to 75%.
#6 Migraines Cost the United States Billions of Dollars Per Year
$1 billion per year is spent on brain scans for migraine patients. $13 billion is lost annually due to missed work days caused by migraines. One migraine patient in a household increases the family’s healthcare costs by 70%.
#7 Many Migraines Are Related to a Misalignment in the Upper Cervical Spine
A misalignment in the C1 or C2 vertebra can affect brainstem function, blood flow to the head, and cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Any of these circumstances can lead to migraines. Correcting such a misalignment has helped many to experience fewer or less severe migraines. Some have even found complete relief.
If you experience migraines, especially if you have neck stiffness (although this symptom is not necessary), we encourage you to seek an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor. A gentle adjustment of the C1 and C2 may be the first step in improving your health.