Your Regular Migraine Can Put You At Risk for These Health Issues
Migraine headaches are painful, and just plain annoying after an already long and stressful day. Unfortunately, migraine pain is not just an annoying pain to deal with. Being a sufferer of frequent migraines can make you more susceptible for many other health problems.
Bell’s palsy directly affects the nerves that control your facial muscles and movements. It is not clear how migraines increase the risk of Bell’s palsy, but researchers have found that migraine sufferers were twice as likely to suffer from Bell’s palsy. The researchers think that there is a connection between migraines and inflammation and how the blood flows.
Suffering with migraines frequently lowers your quality of life. So it should be no surprise that migraine sufferers, especially women, have higher depression rates. Migraines don’t just dampen the mood and cause depression. The connection goes much deeper than that. The sufferer who has depression is also more likely to develop a migraine because of their depression.
Some individuals see flashes of lights or visual floaters when they have migraines. This symptom is called aura, and if your migraines are accompanied with aura, then pay close attention. Your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease more than doubles, especially if you are experience migraines in your middle ages.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Migraine sufferers are also at risk for heart disease and stroke. The risk of stroke increases up to 400 percent if you are middle aged and have migraines accompanied by aura. The connection between your brain and your heart could have to do with the blood flow.
How to Prevent Migraines
The risks that come with chronic migraines are devastating. It is important to deal with migraines right away. Start keeping a journal and writing down every time a migraine happens. Note when it happened, what you were doing or thinking before it happened, and how long it lasted. This is good information to collect to identify patterns and to show your health care provider.
Sometimes erasing migraines from your health symptoms is as simple as getting rid of stress or eliminating a food you are sensitive to. Other times the cause of migraines is not as clear. Chiropractic care may help in either case. Regular wellness adjustments may fix subluxations or misalignments in the spine that could be interfering with blood flow or communication from your nervous system.
While chiropractic care is not a guarantee, it is safe and effective. Stop by The Joint today to see if regular wellness adjustments help lessen your pain.