Arguably one of the worst types of headaches you can experience, migraines can be completely debilitating and leave you unable to do anything but lie down in a dark, quiet room. While migraines plague some people every now and then, there are those who have their lives completely disrupted by chronic migraines.

This condition is not very common and affects less than one percent of the population, but that still equates to hundreds of thousands of people dealing with chronic migraines. If you believe you’re suffering from chronic migraines, you know how difficult it can be to find relief. Keep reading to learn more about what chronic migraines are and the treatment options available.

What is a Chronic Migraine?

A chronic migraine is defined by the International Headache Society as more than fifteen headache days per month over a three month period of time, with eight of those fifteen headaches being migraines.

The impact of a chronic migraine can be disabling and render those who suffer from it unable to work. Some cases are so severe that a patient is able to claim a disability living allowance. The World Health Organization has categorized migraines on the same level of disability as dementia, quadriplegia, and acute psychosis.

What Causes a Chronic Migraine?

There is no single cause for chronic migraines but there are defined triggers that can bring these migraines on. Triggers can vary between patients, but typically include the following:

  • Caffeine
  • Bright lights
  • Hormones
  • Certain foods
  • Sleep deprivation

How is a Chronic Migraine Treated?

Most people who suffer from migraines and chronic migraines typically turn to over-the-counter painkillers to dull their pain, however, this can lead to further complications. It’s not good for the body to consume too much ibuprofen, and medication overuse can cause a headache in itself. For these reasons, it’s important to find the right treatment method to relieve your pain. There’s no cure for chronic migraines, but there are treatment options that can help you live a normal life again.

The first step is monitor your days that are disrupted by a migraine and keep a record of how many there are and how often they occur each month. Bring this information to your doctor so he or she can get an idea of how severe your situation is. He may suggest one of the following treatments.

Cold Compress

Sometimes, focusing on the dilation and constriction on the blood vessels in the head can relieve pain. Applying a cold compress to the head can slow down the blood flow and reduce inflammation which helps reduce pain. A cold bath may also produce the same results.

MiRx Protocol Headache Treatment

This treatment method involves two different phases. During the first phase, or medical component, the physician will spray medication deep into the nasal cavity to stop the headache reaction of the nervous system. With this application, many patients experience immediate relief. During the second phase, or physical component, a specialist may help relieve your headache through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, or other therapeutic treatments.

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