The Migraine Foundation estimates that more than one billion people suffer from regular or semi-regular migraines worldwide. These painful headaches are still responsible for more than 1.2 million emergency room visits each year.
Although migraines can often be difficult to treat, promising research has been done at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that could take a step forward in developing effective treatment and there is a common symptom shared by people who suffer from migraines …
Why are migraines so difficult to treat?
There are several different reasons, according to the Mayo Clinic, for which migraines can be so difficult to treat in your daily life. The first reason is because they cause extreme pain on one side of your head, other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivities to light and sound, which can make it difficult to outside. This is not a major inconvenience for people who experience this kind of migraines from time to time unlike those who have them everyday.
Migraines can be particularly frustrating because they are caused by many reasons such as changes in your hormonal levels, certain foods containing additives such as monosodium glutamate, taking specific medications, including nitroglycerin and birth control pills. You can avoid some of these things, but at the end of the day you will not be able to stay away from everything. In a recent study, researchers in Ohio discovered that low levels of vitamin D could be a possible cause of migraines.
Dr. Suzanne Hagler led the study done by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and reviewed the records of all her children, adolescents, and young adult patients with migraine headaches. She noticed that the majority of her male patients suffering from Migraines had vitamin D deficiencies, and her patients had a deficiency of coenzyme Q 10, and many of her other patients who reported normal to high levels of vitamin D and CoQ 10 rarely had migraines.
Extensive research still needs to be done, but if these deficiencies become a more concrete link to migraine, dietary advice and nutritional supplements could become useful treatments. In conclusion, vitamin and mineral deficiencies may be a more important factor in the treatment of migraines than previously thought, and the in-depth research of physicians will be able to provide more care, with a better treatment plan.