The Migraine Stigma

Approximately 30 million people in the US suffer from migraines, that’s a lot of people who suffer from severe pain. While a migraine isn’t a disease based on recent research, the pain and other symptoms are severe and interrupt a migraine sufferer’s daily activities. Many people tend to discount migraine pain as just another headache. People don’t really understand the complexity of the condition, thus making sufferers feel like their migraines are not something they should worry about. Many doctors often prescribe seizure or antidepressant medicines for migraines that don’t solve the problem.  OTC medicines don’t even provide temporarily pain relief and nothing currently given for migraines provide long term solution.

Many people might not seek medical attention because of the stigma attached to migraines as “a mental condition”. Research shows that migraine is genetic and that it is a different brain from the brain of people without migraines. The brain becomes more complex thus creating more brain cell receptor connections that in return create heightened sensitivities to scents, light, sounds, touch and taste.

People who don’t suffer from migraines cannot relate to migraines, hence the stigma that it’s just a headache. Don’t let anything stop you from researching and learning about migraines. There are many steps you can take towards understanding what triggers your migraines and how to prevent them or stop them in their tracks. Research find that the most common cause of migraine is electrolyte imbalance. Many migraines can be prevented by resetting electrolyte homeostasis. At Health by Principle you will find resources that can help you maintain electrolyte homeostasis.

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