Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines

Condition Description

Chronic and sometimes severe pain in the forehead or other parts of the head, sometimes without an obvious cause.

Common Symptoms

  • Tension headaches, which are dull, non-pulsating, constricting pain (not severe) and often associated with tender points on or around head called trigger points
  • Migraine headaches are intermittent headaches associated with symptoms, such as visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise
  • Cluster headaches consist of severe localized pain in the orbital or supra-orbital and /or temporal areas. Attacks can occur anywhere from eight times per day to once every other day. Attacks occur in clusters and then stop for varying periods of time before recurring. Cluster headaches can be precipitated by alcohol, nitrates or any vasodilatation

Underlying Causes

  • Most headaches in these three categories discussed are often triggered by environmental, nutritional and endocrine factors
  • Environmental causes consist of food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivity and/or yeast overgrowth
  • Nutritional causes consist of magnesium, calcium and/or vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Endocrine causes include hypothyroidism, peri-menopause, and/or premenstrual hormone fluctuations associated with menstrual cycles

Traditional Approach

  • Nondrug therapies including relaxation, EMG biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT)
  • Analgesics like Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen,
  • Barbiturates like Butalbital in combination with above medicines
  • Antidepressants like Amitriptyline (Elavil), and Doxepin , and muscle relaxants like Tizanidine (Zanaflex)
  • Severe attacks may be treated with Almotriptan (Axert), Eletriptan (Replex), Sumatriptan (Imitrex), Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45), Eergotamine/caffeine (Cafergot), Codeine Phosphate, Prpoxyphene HCl (Darvon)
  • Associated symptoms like nausea and vomiting may be treated with Metclopramide (Reglan), Prochlorperazine (Compazine), or Promethazine (Phenergan). Cluster headaches respond to Sumatriptan (Imitrex), intranasal Zolmitriptan (Zomig), intranasal Lidociane

EHAC Approach

  • Test for and treat food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivities, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, yeast overgrowth and mineral deficiencies (especially magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6)
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