Your head is pounding, like someone is trying to flatten it like a pancake. Your vision has blurred. The lights all of a sudden are glaring at you as if you were in the spotlight. And why does someone have the volume turned on high? All you can do is find the quietest places to lay down. You know that no matter who needs you, what deadlines you have, and where you are supposed to be, you won’t be there until tomorrow. Oh well, everyone will have to understand, there is nothing you can do about it….it’s another migraine.
Not so fast…
A migraine could be your body’s way of telling you that something more is wrong. Did you know that approximately 1 out of every 10 Americans experience migraines, with women being affected three times more often than men? This vascular headache is most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55, and 70% to 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Symptoms may be, but are not limited to, intense throbbing often on one side of the head only, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, stiffness of the neck and shoulders, tingling or stiffness in the limbs, and an inability to concentrate.
A variety of factors can trigger a migraine. Triggers include alteration of sleep-wake cycle; missing or delaying a meal; medications that cause a swelling of the blood vessels; daily or near daily use of medications designed for relieving headache attacks; bright lights, sunlight, fluorescent lights, TV and movie viewing; certain foods; and excessive noise.
But that’s not all, even stress and/or underlying depression are triggers that can cause a migraine. Wow, isn’t the body an amazing thing? It can give a clue as obvious as a migraine to remind you that you are forgetting to take care of something very important…YOU!
Migraines can prevent you form enjoying your life to the fullest, and anyone who has had a migraine can attest to that! Don’t let something “stop you in your tracks.” Research has linked the migraine headaches with imbalances in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotrasmitters can be measured, and with that information, your doctor can recommend the best program for you.
Call 602-993-0131 today and schedule a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Jensen and find out how neurotransmitter testing can help you!