No matter how much information is available in today’s technological age there are still plenty of dangerous myths surrounding the cause and treatment of migraine headaches. These pervasive myths can cause a lot of trouble for those looking for effective migraine treatment and management. By dispelling the most common myths about migraine headache causes and treatment, migraine sufferers can begin managing their pain in an effective and healthy way.
Read below to learn the truth about the top 10 migraine myths from our Wisconsin migraine neurologist:
Myth: Migraines are caused by psychological factors like sensitivity, stress and depression.
Truth: Migraines are a neurological disease, not a psychological disorder. This myth plays off the idea there is a specific set of personality features, deemed the migraine personality, which makes an individual more susceptible to migraines. This migraine personality has been debunked and is no longer relevant in the treatment and management of migraine headaches.
Myth: Any doctor I see will be able to diagnose and treat my migraines.
Truth: Migraines are often one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood diseases. If a doctor is not expertly trained in the disease you are most likely going to receive a temporary or ineffective migraine treatment. When you are ready to begin managing your migraines with effective treatment, see our Wisconsin migraine neurologist.
Myth: Only adults have migraines.
Truth: Migraines can affect people of all ages. Children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly can all suffer from the pain and discomfort of a migraine. Migraines are typically harder to diagnose in children but reviewing family medical history and astute observation can help in effective diagnosis.
Myth: Migraines only last for a day.
Truth: “Typical” migraines can last anywhere from 4 hours to 72 hours but some migraines can last much longer. If your migraine lasts for more than 72 hours, contact a migraine neurologist for proper diagnosis; you may suffer from Chronic Migraine condition.
Myth: Painkillers are enough to provide migraine relief.
Truth: Migraines are not just headaches. They come with multiple symptoms which will not be effectively treated by pain medications. Temporary relief is not effective migraine management. Proper migraine headache treatment will help relieve pain and discomfort much more effectively.
Myth: All migraines are the same.
Truth: There are several different types of migraines which require unique treatment and management. Migraine types treated by Dr. Traci Purath, headache neurologist include: migraine with or without aura, acephalgic, abdominal, hemplegic, ocular, status, and transformed.
Myth: Migraines are annoying and painful but they aren’t life threatening.
Truth: Migraines are typically benign but have been known to result in strokes, blindness, comas, or aneurysms. Recurrent and unusually severe migraine headaches should be properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to prevent any unnecessary life threatening conditions.
Myth: Only women suffer from migraines.
Truth: Although migraines are more common in women, 6% of American men suffer from migraines. Migraines do not discriminate against age or gender.
Dr. Traci Purath understands the pain and discomfort migraine headaches bring. Her unique approach to migraine treatment provides more than just comfort and relief, but long lasting management. Dr. Traci’s dedication to improving the lives of every patient ensures you receive the best possible migraine care. Don’t fall prey to uninformed myths when it comes to your health and happiness. Make an appointment with Dr. Purath today and stop living with the pain and inconvenience of migraines.