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How to Eliminate Migraines & Headaches in Less Than a Week
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On April 19, 2010 @ 3:28 pm In Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
More than 10 million Americans have migraines , creating a burden of mostly unnecessary suffering. These severe, nearly disabling headaches can occur from once a year to three or four times a week. They can last from hours to days. They are often associated with an aura, light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and severe, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. Migraines are even associated with stroke-like symptoms or paralysis in some cases.
The cost to society is also enormous. Migraine headaches add $13-$17 billion to our healthcare costs each year. These costs include medications, emergency room visits, hospitalization, physician services (primary care and specialty), laboratory and diagnostic services and managing the side effects of treatment.
Migraines have indirect costs too. Headache is the most frequent pain-related complaint among workers. Focusing specifically on migraines, one study found that the annual cost to employers exceeded $14.5 billion, of which $7.9 billion was due to absenteeism and $5.4 billion to diminished productivity.
So this is a HUGE problem, both to those who suffer and to society as a whole.
Worse, migraines are hard to treat and very difficult to prevent with conventional approaches. There are a host of preventive drugs — calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, anti-seizure medications, antidepressants  and more — which work poorly, if at all, and are accompanied by frequent side effects. Some doctors are now even using Botox to paralyze neck muscles in the hopes of easing migraines.
There is also a new class of medication called triptans (like Imitrex, Maxalt and Zomig) that can stop a migraine once it starts. Though these have made migraine-sufferers handle the attacks better, they also have serious potential side effects, including strokes, and are expensive. Still other treatments can lead to addiction or dependence; not a pretty picture. And, for many, none of these treatments work very well or at all.
The problem with migraines is the same one we see so often in medicine: We treat the symptoms, not the cause. We only deal with the effects of something and not the underlying 7 keys to UltraWellness . But, by using Functional Medicine , I have been able to get nearly 100 percent of my patients migraine-free within days to weeks!
To heal from migraines, you have to locate the causes of your headaches and address these underlying issues if you want to be free of pain.To help you on that journey, here are the most important causes of migraines, their associated symptoms, tests to help identify problems and treatments you can start using today.
Food allergy/bowel and gut imbalances
Keep in mind that sometimes a combination of treatments is necessary. Other treatments can be helpful in selected cases, such as herbal therapies (like feverfew and butterbur), acupuncture, homeopathy, massage and osteopathic treatment to fix structural problems.
The bottom line is that this problem — which affects one in five Americans and costs society $24 billion a year — is almost entirely preventable, simply by following the principles of Functional Medicine and UltraWellness. So, get to the bottom of your symptoms, and get ready for migraine relief. It’s the best way to move toward lifelong vibrant health .
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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 antidepressants: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/antidepressants-studies
 7 keys to UltraWellness: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/7-keys-to-ultrawellness
 Functional Medicine: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/functional-medicine
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 anxiety: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/A-Lifelong-Worrywart-on-Anxiety-Avoidance-Maneuvers.html
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