Question:

My husband gets severe migraines. What can he do?

My husband gets severe migraines. What can he do or take?

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I have had some great results treating patients suffering from migraine headaches with manipulations (neck adjustments). Please refer to the following link to see the studies showing the success of using manipulation to treat migraines - http://www.wyldeabouthealth.com/healthnotes/us/assets/health-condition/migraine-headache/vitamins-and-supplements. In my experience, the best results occur in patients who have neck pain along with some limited range of motion in their neck. Often (but not always) we see results within the first few weeks of treatments. I recall a case where I saw a young female patient in her mid to late twenties who had been suffering from migraines for about 15 years with no relief. She was completely reliant on medication to keep her somewhat functional. After the first few treatments, her headaches reduced in frequency and intensity. The continued therapy reduced the symptoms further and she eventually reduced to maintenance with very few incidences of migraines thereafter. She was very happy that she found an alternative to drugs that worked. Chiropractic manipulations are safe and effective and rarely have side effects - certainly less than medication. Although individual results do vary, studies and my experience show that manipulation are effective in the treatments of migraines.
I hope your husband finds a solution that works.

Be well,

Dr. Michael Rodney
Response by Dr. Michael Rodney
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If your husband experiences migraines he may want to try a 14-day elimination diet, which includes the removal of all of the most common food allergies (all grains that contain gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, sugar and soy). Though this list may sound daunting, you will not be hungry because grains that are gluten-free, including rice, wild rice, corn, buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa are permitted once daily. After the 14-day removal period he should slowly reintroduce the foods one at a time. By doing so, any physical or mental symptoms related to the food can be isolated. For instance, he may try oranges, cheese, yogurt, rye, kamut and wheat while watching for symptoms that point to an allergy or intolerance. Common symptoms of gluten intolerance or wheat allergy may include: gas, bloating, constipation, headaches, fatigue immediately after eating the food, fatigue on waking the next day, or a gradual decline in energy, irritability, anxiety, headaches, water retention (can’t get your rings off) and dark circles under the eyes. In my clinical practice I have seen patients eliminate their migraines (as well as water retention, abdominal cramping or bloating, skin rashes, joint pain and more) - just by discovering their food allergies. For a detailed detox plan, please see The Supercharged Hormone Diet.

Wishing you perfect balance,

Dr. Natasha Turner ND
Response by Natasha Turner ND

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