Headaches are such a common problem that people often take them for granted and neglect to talk about them with a healthcare professional. According to the Mayo Clinic, migraines that are not treated, or treated in the wrong way can cause a variety of complications. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we offer Oral Appliance Therapy as a medication free option for treating and minimizing migraine suffering.
Complications described by the Mayo Clinic included abdominal pain, bleeding and ulcers caused by prolonged use or overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain relievers such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc. In addition to being hard on the digestive tract, these drugs used too frequently can lead to NSAID Overuse Migraines. The brain gets used to needing the drug to eliminate pain, that a chemical association occurs, causing the brain to think the body is in pain even when there are no notable pain triggers. This problem can be diminished by stopping use of NSAIDs for 10 days enabling the brain to restore its natural balance.
Another complication of migraines can be Serotonin Syndrome. Serotonin Syndrome is a potentially life threatening condition in which the body has too much Serotonin, usually due to the use of triptans (Imitrex), or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs like tramadol) to block pain signals from reaching the brain.
Additional complications include the development of Chronic Migraine – the experience of migraines 15 or more days per month – migraine attacks persisting for more than three days at a stretch, and a prolonged migraine aura that mimics the symptoms of a stroke.
Since the bulk of migraine complications stem from medication use, Oral Appliance Therapy offers a great medication free alternative to prevent and eliminate migraine pain. To schedule a consultation, contact our office at (509) 368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788