Symptoms

Headaches / Migraines

Headaches are an common complaint in my patients. The three most common causes of headaches include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), tension (stress), and dehydration. It’s interesting to note that those people with Adrenal Dysfunction are at increased risk for each one of these common imbalances; it is not a surprise to me that it seems as if my adrenal patients get headaches at every turn.

The conventional treatment of headaches, with aspirin or ibuprofen, doesn’t address the underlying cause. It may be a trite expression to say that “a headache is not an aspirin deficiency,” but it is quite true.

A headache should be thought of as your check engine light. If that happened in your car, you wouldn’t just unscrew the bulb, would you? Of course not. You would be ignoring an early warning sign of potential damage that would simply allow the digression into a worse and ultimately more severe problem. So, too, it is for your headaches. Headaches are signals – check engine lights – that you could do better with your meditation, or you could do better with your hypoglycemic diet, etc.

Migraines are a very common form of headaches, primarily associated with hormones and their vasoactivity (ability to constrict or dilate blood vessels), although other causes and correlations can be found, such as chemical toxicity, inflammation, etc. The conventional approach to migraines is a “Band-Aid” approach, which does nothing to address the underlying cause of the condition. The challenge with treating migraines is that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach; there are, however, answers.

I have been working with patients with migraines for years. As such, there is no specific regimen, though I do approach the symptoms of migraines systematically, and work toward uncovering the causes at the deepest level possible. Most often these are hormone- and immune-system related.

The trick to treatment of these symptoms, to the prevention of migraines, is to work with the system of the body that controls the hormones and the immune system. That “system” is your stress response system. A chronically activated stress response system and subsequent Adrenal Dysfunction suppresses a person’s sex hormones, as well as her immune system. This suppression creates the biochemical environment that allows migraines to persist: inflammation, estrogen dominance, and imbalanced vasoactivity.

Balance and heal the Adrenal Dysfunction and you’ll rid yourself of headaches for good.

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