As far as headaches go, nothing tops migraines. These headaches oftentimes prove debilitating for sufferers and finding relief never seems to come fast enough. The cause of migraines stems from a number reasons.
For some patients, it’s genetic and having bouts of migraines is very normal. For others, migraines may come from temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD). With TMD, the jaw joints become clenched tightly enough to produce a migraine. Regardless of the reason for your migraine pain, having the appropriate relief therapy is key to try living a headache-free life.
In today’s article, Dr. James Stewart, your Livonia dentist, shares the differing factors that can cause migraines.
Your Migraines Could Stem from One of These Factors
- Hormonal changes. This is especially true for menopausal women. The frequent drops and elevations in estrogen and progesterone can cause migraines. Additionally, pregnant women and those who have begun an oral contraceptive regimen may also experience migraines. If this applies to you, make sure to inform Dr. Stewart about these hormonal changes when you begin migraine therapy.
- Foods. Overly salted foods, aged cheese, and even processed foods can sometimes trigger migraines. Furthermore, skipping meals or long bouts of fasting can trigger a migraine. To better this ailment, trying eating more natural foods and have several small snacks throughout the day.
- Stress. If you’re frequently under high levels of stress, migraines may happen to you quite often. This stress could come from work or home. Should this cause your migraines, learning some relaxation techniques can greatly improve migraine symptoms.
- Sleep pattern changes. Receiving either too little or too much sleep can sometimes lead to migraines. Your Livonia dentist suggests establishing a regular sleep schedule and sticking to it—even on the weekends.
- Environmental changes. This is probably the worst type of migraine trigger since no one can control the weather. However, for some people, changes in pressure or temperature can trigger a migraine. The best advice for these suffers is to closely watch the weather reports and stay prepared for sudden changes.
Visit Your Livonia Dentist for Migraine Therapy
If you regularly suffer from migraines, take care to visit Dr. Stewart. With a series of evaluations he can determine the cause of your migraines. To schedule an appointment with our Livonia office at (734) 425-4400. Also, visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas.