"There is no escaping the pain from a Migraine. It's a debilitating condition, which can even cause you to miss work. I can eliminate your pain and discomfort and help restore your health naturally with Nutrition Response Testing, a holistic treatment based on advanced muscle testing, customized dietary planning, and whole food supplements. We can make your Migraines a memory from your past."*
-Juliana Mazzeo, MS, CDN, Director
Nutrition Wellness Center of Nassau County
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a severe headache that is usually accompanied by various symptoms. A migraine differs from a headache, in that the pain is more severe and generally occurs on just one side of the head. A headache tends to be milder to moderate pain and occurs on both sides of the head. Some migraines can be so intense; it can cause the sufferer to seek emergency care.
Common Symptoms of a Migraine
Migraines are generally divided into two categories: a migraine without sensation and migraine with sensation, or a migraine without aura and migraine with aura. Aura refers to sensations a sufferer may experience, which typically occurs about 10-30 minutes before the onset of a migraine, and can include:
Symptoms may occur one to two days before the onset of a migraine, also known as the prodrome phase. During this time, the sufferer may experience:
It is not uncommon for migraines to occur in four stages, which can include aura, prodrome, headache, and postdrome, also known as migraine hangover. This is the time following a migraine when the pain has subsided; however, the sufferer may feel beat up and tired, with a slight inkling of a headache.
Causes of a Migraine Pain
One of the most common causes of migraines is dietary intake. Certain foods, such as caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, citrus fruits, soy foods, nuts, vinegar, aged or fermented cheeses, sweeteners and the food additive MSG, most commonly found in packaged, processed, and restaurant foods, are also known to cause migraine headaches. Some prescription medications, such as blood pressure medications and antidepressants, are also known to cause migraines. Because migraine sufferers tend to have a more sensitive nervous system, stress and anxiety can also trigger a migraine because it increases excitability in the brain.
Having a family member who suffers from migraines, can also increase your risk of developing migraines. Brain irregularities have also been known to cause migraines. Chemical abnormalities can be another underlying cause of migraines. Various nerve pathways and brain nerves come into play during a migraine. A divergence in the nerve pathway or brain nerves can trigger a migraine.
Hormonal changes have also been known to spur migraines, especially in women. Fluctuating levels of estrogen may trigger headaches, especially before or during the menstrual cycle when estrogen levels plummet drastically. Likewise, it is not uncommon for some women to experience hormone-induced migraines during menopause and pregnancy. Hormone medications, such as hormone replacement drugs and birth control, can also cause or increase migraines.
We treat the cause of the migraine with natural remedies, not painkillers.
Traditional migraine treatment includes over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin, as well as anti-nausea medications and triptans. However, taking these medications for longer than ten days can cause rebound headaches and worsen the condition rather than improve it. Also, many doctors also prescribe dietary changes to eliminate migraines.
Nutrition Response Testing allows for the identification of underlying causes, which is just perfect for addressing your migraine issue. Once the root cause of your migraines has been revealed, your practitioner will introduce gradual diet planning to help rid foods that are causing your migraines.
Lastly, your practitioner may decide to incorporate Standard Process whole food supplements that will help fortify your body, so you feel better. No two migraine sufferers are the same, which means each individual requires a personalized treatment to address their unique body and concerns. Nutrition Response Testing treats each person as an individual and seeks to pinpoint the best holistic treatment available for you.
Left untreated, migraines have been shown to predispose sufferers to increased effect on the blood vessels of the brain, which increases their risk of stroke, especially in those who experience a migraine with sensation. In fact, studies show that individuals who suffer from migraines have an 80% increased chance of stroke than those who do not.
You don't have to live with debilitating migraines or the increased risks that accompany them. Quite often, dietary habits are to blame for undesirable health conditions, including migraines. I can instruct you on how to harness specific nutrients that you are lacking, as well as incorporate specific dietary guidelines needed to restore your health. These guidelines are simple to follow and can easily be incorporated into your everyday life. With proper adherence, complete relief can be experienced in as little as 4-6 weeks. If you are ready to rid your migraines, the natural way, please contact us for help.
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