I recently came across a very intriguing Migraine blog by Dr. D. In his blog, he tells us that Migraine disease is in fact "curable," if you find the cause. Once the cause is removed, or what he calls "primary triggers," your Migraines will be gone forever. Now wouldn't that be nice - totally Migraine free? All we have to do is follow Dr. D's suggestions or "corrections" as he calls them, and our Migraines will be gone. This is doubtful at best, and Dr. D. is confusing "causes" and "triggers."
Apparently, Migraineurs are wasting their time, money, and effort seeing doctor after doctor, trying medication after medication and getting no results. Headache clinic after headache clinic leaves patients still in pain with no hope in sight according to Dr. D. One good point in his blog is the need to look more closely when it comes to Migraines and their triggers. But then he turns around and claims Migraines don't have a genetic component and are completely caused by "primary triggers."
Dr. D theory seems to be: if you remove the "primary triggers" such as low blood sugar or tight neck muscles, you will have "success in curing Migraines." So every time a person's blood sugar dips, or neck tightens, these events may make a person more sensitive to their "common" triggers which may be weather changes and stress. Once the "primary triggers were removed people no longer had Migraines," Dr. D states. If you still have Migraines after you have removed your "primary" triggers, then you haven't found the right "correctors."
So here's the catch. You have to take his array of food, allergy, optimal nutrition and digestive tests to find out what your correctors are so you can learn which correctors you have and what to do about them. Once these correctors are found he will help you eliminate them from your system.
Now for the facts - Migraine is a genetic neurological disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. Then, genetically speaking, you may be able to think of other members of your family who had "sick" headaches, or that uncle who wasn't to be bothered because he had another one of those "headaches," or a "sinus" headache." In reality, they may have been Migraines.
Here is what happens when we encounter a trigger that may produce a Migraine attack; neurons fire in a wave across the brain, starting from the brainstem and going forward. This in turn starts a chain reaction that affects blood vessels, nerves and tissues surrounding those blood vessels, levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinpehrine, and more.
Ok, so now we have a bit of a grasp on what really "causes" a Migraine. If we learn how to manage our potential Migraine triggers this may help reduce the number and severity of our Migraine attacks. We can do this by keeping a Migraine diary, maintaining a regular sleep schedule and staying hydrated. Eating a healthful diet is good for a number of reasons, including Migraine management.
Dr. D. makes one good point - we have to identify our triggers. In fact, we talk about that here all the time. The bottom line is Migraine is a gentice nuerological disease that IS manageable, but right now, unfortunately, not curable.
We see the word "cure" too often used about Migraines. For a bit of perspective on that, listen to the MigraineCast Podcast, Using the Term Migraine "Cure."
Dr. D ND. Be Healthy. Be Active. Live Uthing. What Causes Migraines? A New Approach. Dr. DNaturopath.com. August 4, 2010.© The HealthCentral Network, 2010
Last updated August 7, 2010
Published On: August 07, 2010