Chronic Headaches and Migraines

You’re Not the Only One

If you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines, you’re one of the 3% of Americans who experience this painful tension headache, and over 20% of people worldwide are with you.

Believe It or Not, It’s More Than Your Head

Those who suffer with chronic head pain are 3 times more likely to be or become depressed, as well as being more likely to suffer from anxiety, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.

You Can Take Control

Chronic headaches can be dealt with by more than just painkillers. The problem today is under half of the 325 million people in the United States who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines are rarely ever professional diagnosed and treated.

Symptoms of Chronic Headaches and Migraines

A migraine is a type of headache typically accompanied by a throbbing or pulsing feeling in one side of the head.

They are often paired with nausea and sensitivity to light, and physical activity can worsen the condition of the migraine. Sometimes, visual disturbances may occur.
The typical time for a migraine to last is anywhere from 4 to even 72 hours.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches – constant head pressure – are the most common form of headache. They make up over 90% of all headaches. The severe chronic type headaches are often diagnosed incorrectly as migraine headaches.

Tension headaches often present themselves as an intense-pressure feeling or tightness that wraps from the forehead around to the back of the head, even down to the neck. Sometimes, there is moderate pain on the sides of the head.

While usually only lasting a few hours, they can remain present for several days.

Medication Abuse Headache

Headaches due to overuse or abuse of medication are caused by the daily use of chronic migraine medication, usually occurring in the mornings.

When more medication is taken, the headaches may subside, but they will immediately return once the medication has worn off.

Cluster Headaches

Although rare, cluster headaches come with intense pain around the eyes and occasional redness and tearing. These are the worst types of chronic headaches one can experience.

There’s Not Just One Trigger

Some people who suffer with headaches or migraines can determine the actors that contribute to the pain in their heads. It could range from alcohol or caffeine, to hormonal changes. Medications that reduce stress, as well as certain foods and changes in routine or one’s environment can also be common triggers. One thing chronic headaches sufferers should consider is keeping a headache diary.

Your Jaw Could Be the Culprit

Over 260 pounds of force can be generated by the jaw at the back of the mouth by the molars. If this delicate pressure is not balanced perfectly, your jaw’s muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments can undergo serious damage.

Where your jaw connects to the side of your head is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Being one of the most complex joints in your body, it has a special structure and tissue makeup. Disruptions of balance can often lead to symptoms like tinnitus.

How Did I Get Stuck with This?

Several factors could have caused your chronic migraines:

  • Stress. By frequently increasing muscle tension in your jaw, muscle and force imbalances are created over long periods of time.
  • Physical trauma, such as a car accident or fall
  • A bad bite (malocclusion)—the teeth are in an improper position
  • Grinding the teeth—this can be due to a tooth or teeth being out of position—the brain is subconsciously trying to grind the teeth into position
  • Dental work creating a force imbalance
  • Eating habits or teeth grinding.
  • Bad habit such as forward head posture, this posture is often seen when texting
  • Time. Your mouth and jaw tissue can shift as your body ages.

How to Treat Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Medications can attempt to prevent migraines and headaches prior to their start. These medications most often are beta blockers, anti-seizure medication, or antihistamines. Yet, only about 40% of the people who take them see a positive effect, and only 50% of those people feel a reduction in frequency of episodes.

How to Stop a Migraine

The most effective drugs to treat headache or migraine attacks and their symptoms temporarily are pain relievers or triptans.

It is recommended that head pain medications be limited to no more than twice a week, so to prevent side effects and medication overuse headaches.

THERE IS A BETTER OPTION–The TruDenta Treatment Does Not Use Any Medication
The different technologies of TruDenta work in unison to reduce pain and inflammation from the very first treatment, creating complete and lasting resolutions to the symptoms.

There’s no use of injections or medications, there are no unpleasant side-effects.

With our whole-body approach, the use of state of the art ultrasound, cold laser, microcurrent, and trigger manipulation techniques are used in treatments.

Getting Your Life Back: How to Find and Treat the Root of the Problem

The TruDenta technology of Bite Force Analysis is capable of displaying the different forces at play in your mouth and jaw. It’s so precise, it can even examine how much pressure is exerted by each tooth.

With TruDenta’s Range of Motion Analysis, any abnormal or restricted movement in your head and neck can be identified, so to narrow down potential causes and gives doctors the ability to create a specialized treatment plan.