Migraines are one of the hardest ailments to deal with. Not only do they affect your quality of life, but they can severely impact your personal relationships and career. Before we can discuss your options for migraine relief, we must first understand how migraines come about, and the triggers that cause them.
First: Migraines and Headaches are Not the Same
Patients often confuse migraines for headaches. While they both involve your head, that is about all the similarities the two have.
A headache is when you feel pain in your head or neck. However, a “headache” is a generalized symptom. Interestingly, your brain cannot feel pain, but it can generate the feeling of pain when pain-sensitive structures in your brain are overworked.
Sometimes a headache could be a migraine, but migraines are often severe and include pounding, throbbing pains that affect the entire head. You might also exhibit sensitivity to light, noise, or smells with a migraine.
Severe migraines might lead to dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, blurred vision, and even vomiting for some patients. Worse, migraines can last up to 72 hours if they are untreated – though the average is less than four.
While you might have a headache a few times a week, migraines are much less frequent and typically strike a few times per month.
The Triggers of Headaches and Migraines – More than You Think
Many irritants trigger migraines. As a Noblesville dentist, I have seen patients cite multiple triggers for their migraines, including:
- Foods: Certain foods can lead to headaches, including ripened cheeses, marinated or fermented foods, chocolate, foods with nitrates, nuts, sour cream, MSG, citrus, and excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine.
- Environment: Factors in the environment, like a coworker with strong perfume or a flickering light, can trigger a headache or a migraine.
- Stress: When stressed, your body releases chemicals in the brain to help you deal with that stress. Sadly, those same hormones lead to a pounding headache later.
Consistent Versus Intermittent Triggers
While these are some triggers, realize that what triggers your migraine one day will not trigger it the next. Instead, I recommend keeping a “trigger diary” and notating what you were doing at the time you started to have migraine or headache-like symptoms. This will help you better identify what causes frequent headaches.
TMJ: The Unexpected Trigger
If you have frequent headaches or migraines, I highly recommend seeing a TMJ specialist like myself for a TMJ assessment
TMJ, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge on your jaw that connects the jaw to the skull. It is what gives you the ability to chew, talk, laugh, yawn, and open wide in the dentist’s chair for your annual checkup.
How Does TMJ Correlate with Headaches and Migraines?
Your TMJ region does plenty of work, and while it is on the opposite side from the brain, the supportive muscles and tissues of the joint might cause debilitating headaches.
The pain generates in the joint (not your brain), then travels to other places in the skull, which cause your headaches and discomfort.
Typically, the pain is the result of overuse of your jaw or when your two joints do not fit properly together.
Get Migraine Relief with a TMJ Specialist at this Free Workshop
June 22, 2017
Free, Open House
14753 Hazel Dell Crossing Ste. 700 Noblesville IN
Appetizers and beverages will be served
If you have chronic migraines or headaches, and you suffer from TMJ, I highly recommend attending the upcoming Migraines and Headaches Workshop on June 22, 2017, at 6:30 pm.
This is a free event for migraine sufferers with beverages and appetizers served complimentarily and hosted by myself, Dr. Deldar.
“At my workshop, I plan to help you identify triggers, understand how your bite (malocclusion) leads to migraines, and work toward a solution for a better quality of life.”
As a Noblesville dentist treating patients with TMJ for more than 20 years, attending these workshops has helped my patients find coping mechanisms and relief for chronic headaches and migraines caused by TMJ.
Attending these workshops may help patients and non-patients with coping mechanisms and relief for chronic migraines and headaches. At my workshop, I plan to help you identify triggers, understand how your bite (malocclusion) leads to migraines, and work toward a solution for a better quality of life.
Dr. Mike Deldar, DDS.,FICCMO, LVIF
Noblesville dentist, TMJ specialist
Call to let us know that you will attend the Migraines and Headaches Workshop for real-life solutions. You can also RSVP on Facebook.