Over 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions by the time the ball drops every December, and most of them involve a desire to improve one’s health. If you’re one of the more than 37 million that suffer from migraine episodes annually, your commitment may involve adopting habits that will support your body in finding headache relief. Although there is no one-stop fix for every trigger, the following coping strategies may help you find some migraine relief this year.
“It’s going to go away on its own.”
“The ibuprofen stopped the knee pain; it can’t be too bad.”
“I have 101 things to do. I’m too busy to see a doctor.”
Yes, most people wait too long to see a doctor about their knee pain, concur Dr. Pierce Waychoff, DC, clinic director and his wife, Erin Waychoff, DC, owners of Pain Stop North Phoenix.
Envision Glinda the Good Witch being transported in her bubble to the Land of Oz. Erin Waychoff, DC, owner of Pain Stop North Phoenix, says being protectively surrounded and lifted that way through life – without the stress of work or effects of emotion – is probably the only sure-fire way to avoid trigger points, or painful, small contraction knots in muscles.
There’s nothing like the holiday season for reconnecting with friends and family and sharing in gratitude for a good year and good health, but this same time of year can also become stressful because of added familial obligations, plenty of rich and indulgent holiday meals, and the frenzy of holiday shopping or approaching deadlines.
Imagine … three failed back surgeries and two decades on opiates. Some, who have never experienced chronic, incapacitating pain, might be inclined to say, “Just suck it up.” But this man’s pain was so severe, so debilitating that not only did he have to give up coaching his then-adolescent daughter’s sports activities, but he couldn’t even enjoy a movie out with the family. Ever.
Although a “typical” headache can be severe, there often is a distinct look of pain in the face of someone experiencing a migraine. That’s probably because the nasty, stabbing sensation that patients describe as “complete torture” – usually on one side of the head, but sometimes both – when experiencing a migraine is often accompanied by:
We all know someone that claims to be able to predict weather changes based on sensations in old injuries or arthritic joints. Whether temperature or humidity levels are rising or falling, plenty of arthritis sufferers attest to experiencing more or less pain based on the conditions of their climates. Is “feeling it in your bones” an old wives’ tale, or is there truth in the claims?
Sciatica refers to the symptoms experienced when the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, is irritated. It can literally be a real pain in the butt.
That’s because the sciatic nerve branches from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. So the pain experienced by some three million Americans isn’t so much concentrated in the lower back, but radiates lower and usually only affects one side of the body. For some, the pain is debilitating; for others, it’s more of an annoyance with the potential to get worse. But for most, it’s easily treatable.