A migraine is a neurological disorder that causes severe pain in the head, often described as throbbing or pulsating. Most migraines are accompanied by sensitivity to light, nausea and/or vomiting. They are often preceded by an “aura” where people see flashes of light or develop blind spots in their vision.
Migraines affect 38 million adults and children in the United States. They can be quite debilitating and chronic, causing sufferers to miss work and school.
Migraines can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Thyroid or hormonal imbalance
- Adrenal dysfunction
- Allergies (food and environmental)
- Vitamin deficiency (especially magnesium)
- Central nervous system disorder
- Irregularities in the blood vessels in the brain
- Genetic predisposition
Tips for Avoiding Migraines
Know your food triggers. Many sufferers report that eating salty foods, cured meats, and highly processed food can cause an attack.
Eat at regular intervals. Skipping a meal can bring on a painful episode.
Go easy on the cocktails and coffee. Both alcohol and caffeine can be triggers, so try to cut back or eliminate them altogether.
Cut out the chemicals. MSG (monosodium glutamate), a popular additive in some foods, can be a sneaky culprit. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are problematic, too.
Manage your stress. Mental and emotional stress are big triggers. Practicing yoga, meditation, breathing exercises or taking up a quiet hobby can all help you achieve a greater sense of calm and well-being.
Natural Treatment Options
The Naturopathic physicians at Desert Wellness Center are well-versed in safe, effective treatments for migraines. They will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that may include:
- Hormone testing and balancing
- Allergy testing and treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Botanical medicine
“I wanted to take a moment to send a HUGE thank you to Dr. Cronin for making my life SO MUCH BETTER! I thought daily migraines and not being able to make it through my day because I had no energy was going to be my reality forever!
The first day I met Dr. Cronin…. you listened to me and took the time hear me…. I knew you were going to help me figure this mess out! And you did… I’m 98% migraine free, you balanced my hormones, I have ENERGY and I lost weight and have kept it off! Bonus… But, greater than that…it was always such a pleasure to come see you. I appreciated all of our conversations, allowing me to share my life with you, and your care for my overall wellness!
PS… Your staff is awesome too!!!!”