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Migraines: How They Form & Who Is Prone to Them

November 12th, 2014

migraineAlthough migraines are not the most common type of headache, they can be the most crippling. Aggravated by physical activity, and coupled with sensitivity to light and nausea or vomiting, migraines can severely impact a person’s ability to live a normal life.

Did you know that forty-five million Americans suffer from a headache every day of their lives? The annual cost of migraine treatment has recently topped one billion dollars in healthcare costs and 13 billion dollars in lost workdays. About 6% of males and 18% of females get headaches, but no matter your gender, if you experience the symptoms of a migraine, including constant throbbing and severe head pain, it is important to seek help from an orofacial pain specialist right away.

There are a variety of known contributors to migraines:

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Luckily, there are many types of therapies and natural treatments that can help reduce the amount of migraines you are having, including physical therapy, tai chi, yoga, anxiety management, stress management, cardiovascular exercise and cervical adjustments.

The majority of migraines reduce in severity, duration and frequency without the use of triptans, the preferred prescription migraine treatment, especially if caused by simple neck inflammation, jaw inflammation, poor sleep or excessive external stimulants.

If you are seeking more information about available migraine treatments in Raleigh, or you are interested in scheduling a consultation with an orofacial pain specialist, please don’t hesitate to contact Raleigh Facial Pain Center today at (919) 781-6600.


Suffering From Tension Headaches? You’re Not Alone

November 5th, 2014

shutterstock_221297392Headaches can be frustrating — they can cause missed work days, lost productivity, physical suffering and even income loss. If you’re suffering from painful headaches, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 90% of the population has had a headache at some time or another in the past year.

With headaches, it can be hard to determine if you are suffering from one caused by tension, or a full-blown migraine. The following are some common symptoms of tension headaches:

So, how do tension headaches come about? During a tension headache, the temple (or Temporalis) muscle is the inflamed muscle that hurts. This muscle can become inflamed from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, oral parafunctional behaviors, overuse of the chewing muscles (i.e., chewing gum), and other factors such as, bacteria, viruses, fungal pathogens, or chemical sensitivities that produce inflammation in the head region.

Who is most prone to tension headaches? The greatest majority of individuals who suffer from these headaches are women 20-50 years old, women with children, and both men and women who stare at computer screens at work for long periods of time.

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Tension headaches can almost be classified as an epidemic, because they affect so many people. When not properly diagnosed, tension headaches can cause patients to become dependent on pain medication, suffer for years, or even lose a job by missing too many days of work. No one should have to live in constant pain, so contact the only university-trained facial pain professional in Raleigh for the tension headache treatment and pain management you deserve.

If you are ready to start living a more pain-free, happier life free of tension headaches, contact the board-certified orofacial pain specialist at Raleigh Facial Pain Center.


The Science Behind Burning Mouth Syndrome

October 29th, 2014

The problem with burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is that it is never consistent. It can take many forms and deflect different intensities of pain in different areas of the mouth. No one case of burning mouth syndrome is the same, which is one of the reasons it is so difficult to treat.

Burning mouth syndrome, which affects more females than males, can feature a wide array of symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following, consult an orofacial pain specialist for help managing your pain:woman in pain from burning mouth snydrome

BMS is a result of an overstimulated trigeminal nervous system, more commonly known as the chewing system nerve. This overstimulation stems from an abundance of pain signals shooting from multiple sources, which leads to an increased upregulation of the sympathetic system and damaged nerve tissue.

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Unfortunately for patients suffering from burning mouth syndrome, there is no known cure for the pain — only management techniques. BMS management begins by trying to pinpoint the area the pain is coming from. If this is not possible, your pain will be treated conservatively, and if that fails to work, our Raleigh orofacial pain specialists will consider the possibility of a more invasive approach to identify and relieve your mouth pain.

If you think you may be suffering from this oral syndrome, please don’t hesitate to contact Raleigh Facial Pain Center. We have experience helping patients manage this mouth pain and we look forward to helping you lead a healthier, pain-free life.