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HeadWay, Issue #069 -- Instead of a Painkiller - What?
June 22, 2009
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In this month's issue:
Instead of a Painkiller - What?
Was that slight headache - a Migraine??
Say what?! Occipital
Instead of a Painkiller - What?In April we talked about painkillers, and why they're often a poor choice for headache. Many people are not getting adequate treatment because they're relying on painkillers when there's much better treatment out there.
This month I want to give a bit of an introduction to the many treatments that are out there, and maybe start you thinking about them in a fresh way.
Drugs vs Natural?Many people feel there's a battle going on between natural medicine and drugs, between alternative medicine and natural medicine. But it's not that simple, and if you're going to get treatment for a headache disorder that works, you're going to find that out pretty fast.
What's the problem with this view of two types of medicine? Well, for one thing, not all "natural" medicine is as safe as so called "western" medicine (though I don't even like to use those two categories). An herbal treatment can be dangerous, while a drug made in a lab can help restore your "natural balance". On the other hand, sometimes a non-drug treatment has some real solid research behind it, but the research behind a drug is questionable.
Worth a try?Sometimes I hear people say,"It can't hurt to try". But in today's world, there are so many treatments to try that wasting your time does hurt. Prolonging pain does damage to your body that can be long term.
Sure, you can spend a lot of time and money on treatments that "can't hurt", but I think it's a scandal when we're spending so much time and hours on these when there are so many well researched treatments that have a much better chance of working.
That's why I work so hard to get you accurate information about the treatments that have the best chance of working.
I'm saying this because I think we need to break down the walls between different types of medicine to some extent, and stop jumping at key words. You know, some of you love key words like "natural" "balance" and "wholesome", and others of you love words like "specialists agree", "research team" and "clinical trial". But all of those terms can be misleading.
So what's out there?So instead of painkillers, I encourage you to open your mind to other types of treatment. I don't think drugs need to be at the top of your list, however you don't need to dismiss the possibility of taking drugs altogether. Hopefully in the months ahead we'll talk more about the benefits and dangers of both drugs and other treatments, supplements, herbs, etc.
What kinds of treatments are available? Here are a few:
In the months ahead we're going to look at some of the best treatments, so that you can keep making informed choices. Meanwhile, check out the Headache and Migraine News blog for the latest!
Was that slight headache - a Migraine??If you made it through that last article, well done! I'm not going to write another long one, but I want to point out some other information which I think is just as important for you to think about. It may just change the way you think about headaches all together. Check out these three recent blog posts, if you haven't seen them already:
Say what?! OccipitalThis word comes up in headache and migraine literature a lot. Occipital means anything related to the occiput. Big help, right? That is, anything related to the back part of your head or skull. The occipital bone is the bottom and rear of the skull. A lot of headache and face pain is related to the occipital nerves. The occipital lobe, the back parts of each cerebral hemisphere in the brain, may play a significant role in triggering migraine attacks.
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