If you suffer from headaches you know all too well the common symptoms. Light sensitivity, nausea, sound sensitivity, and the never-ending pounding. That list can go on...
Headaches can control your life and often times are unpredictable. It's worse for those that suffer from chronic migraines, or chronic tension headaches. They are the seventh most common reason for Outpatient visits in the United States, and more than 90% experience some type of headache pain. (1)
- 1.5 million women and more than more than half a million men in the United States experience migraine more days than not, and some live with migraine every day
- Depression and anxiety are about twice as common in people who have migraine compared with those who do not
- Almost 20% of people in the AMPP database have tried opioids for headache management, but it is associated with other more serious problems
- 17% of all women suffer from chronic headaches
As much as we seek relief from headaches, we also seek answers: What type of headache do I have? Why do I get headaches? What causes the headaches? Or, how can I prevent headaches?
To answer these questions you have to understand the types of headaches and factors that trigger headache episodes.
Four Major Types of Headaches:
- Tension Headaches - This type of headache is the most common and is accompanied by tightness in the neck and facial muscles. Tension headaches affect all areas of the head. They can be accompanied by nausea but usually only last for a few hours. Most people experience chronic episodes.
- Migraine Headaches - This type of headache is centralized to one part of the head, but can be severe and cause other physical sypmtoms like fatigue, nausea & vomiting. In very severe cases vision can be impaired and present auras, and blury sight. Most people experience chronic episodes.
- Cluster Headaches - This type of headache affect more men than women, and are typically very severe. Despite being relatively rare the characteristics and episodes occur in groups and cycles. The pain is often debilitating and centralized to one side of the head.
- Trigeminal neuralgia (TN)- This type of head pain affects more women than men, and is both chronic and extreme. TN causes a sudden burning sensation or shock-like pain to the face. The pain can last anywhere from a few seconds to two minutes and often happens in quick succession.
Common Headache Triggers:
We categorize these triggers as they relate to our body (physical), environment, and emotions (psychological).
- Physical Triggers - Sleep, diet, posture, eyestrain, illness, and hydration.
- Environmental Triggers – light (too much, not enough), sound, air quality, time of day, repetitive motion, & living conditions.
- Psychological Triggers – Anger, Stress, Depression, & Anxiety.
These triggers can be unique for each individual and the examples provided are some of the most common factors. Identifing these factors as well as where the pain is orignating from will help you manage your headaches.
MiRx is the Answer
The MiRx Protocol addresses all of these questions, and helps to identify the type of headache you are experiencing as part of a comprehensive headache treatment program. The first phase is stopping the headache pain with a simple spray, then we investigate the triggers to prevent chronic episodes.
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