WHAT ARE MIGRAINES?
According to the American Migraine Foundation, roughly 11% of the US population or 39 million people are suffering from migraine headaches. Anyone who’s experienced a migraine headache knows the hardship it can have on their quality of life. Chronic migraines can be quite disabling, as they come bundled with a combination of severely incapacitating neurological symptoms. Typical symptoms include:
- Throbbing pain, generally on one side of the head
- Flashes of light or blind spots (aura) before and during the episode
- Feeling of numbness and/or tingling in the face, arm, or leg
- Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and touch
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF MIGRAINES?
Although migraine root causes aren’t fully understood, researchers believe that a combination of genetics and environmental factors might be involved. Environmental factors that have been associated with migraine include:
- Toxins in the body (like mercury)
- H-pylori infection
- Intestinal conditions (like SIBO)
- Imbalances in hormones
- Hormonal changes
- Food sensitivities (i.e. gluten)
- Histamine sensitivity
- Lack of certain nutrients (like magnesium)
- Exogenous chemicals (i.e. artificial sweeteners)
- Medications (oral contraceptives and vasodilators)
- Changes in the wake-sleep pattern
- Weather or barometric pressure changes.
Migraine Treatment Options
At Beso Wellness in Phoenix, you can count on an accurate diagnosis and some of the most effective migraine relief treatments available. Since your genetic and environmental factors, lifestyle and triggers are unique to you, our doctors will craft a personalized treatment plan so you can get back to your daily routine. When addressing migraine, the treatments are classified into 3 basic categories: acute, preventative, and grand scheme.
The Acute treatment category is aimed at addressing the onset or in-progress migraine episodes and mostly involves the use of prescription medications such as Ergotamine, Triptans, DHE 45, Toradol and some over-the-counter NSAIDs. In some cases, Zofran medicine is prescribed to address nausea and vomiting.
The Preventative treatment category encompasses an array of treatment options that vary with frequency and severity and might include beta-blockers, antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and anticonvulsants. In our clinic, we are seeing a lot of success with Botulinum toxin A injections (FDA-approved Botox) for chronic migraines. They have proved to be an effective preventative treatment for reducing the frequency and severity of migraines in over 90% of patients.
The final category, which we call “grand scheme” involves the use of a multitude of non-conventional modalities. Beso Wellness doctors take a functional medicine approach and partner with you to address the root causes that are known to be associated with migraine. They can range from gut microbiome imbalances, stress, genetics, nutrition, food sensitivities, the presence of toxins, and medications.
Some of the common modalities we employ in this category may include but are not limited to: weight management, gut microbiome optimization, hormone replacement therapy, massage therapy, heavy metals detox with chelation therapy, IV therapy, vitamins and nutrients supplementation, dietary and nutritional changes, stress management and hypnotherapy.
In-person or virtual consultation
If you are suffering from chronic migraines and not able to find a long-term solution to this incapacitating disease, we welcome you to experience Beso Wellness’ patient-centered approach to medicine. Our doctors are true practioners of functional and integrative medicine. They take the time to understand you, learn about you, your habits, lifestyle, really dig into your medical history, analyze relevant events in your life, and use this understanding to build a personalized treatment plan. Please schedule your consultation to learn about Beso Wellness’ system of diagnosis and treatment for chronic migraine and how we can help resolve the frequently-overlooked causes behind your chronic migraines.