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Dr. Symko, Concord-area Functional Neurologist, writes about migraines.


It is estimated that 20% of Americans suffer from migraines, costing the US economy about 13 billion dollars annually. Surprisingly, about half of migraine sufferers go unreported and the 50% that are treated are still suffering from migraines and relying on some type of rescue medication.

Is there a natural way to reduce the incidence of migraines? In order to properly treat migraines, it is necessary to understand what they are.

Migraines are a functional neurological problem, in other words, a brain excitability issue. To make it clearer, the brain of a migraine sufferer is more susceptible to certain stimuli than those who are not.

These stimuli include:

  1. Hormonal changes
  2. Head trauma
  3. Lack of exercise
  4. Medication
  5. Stress
  6. Food additives such as MSG or Aspartame
  7. Bright lights or loud noises
  8. Lack of sleep
  9. Certain foods
  10. Changes in barometric pressure

Normally these triggers would not influence an unexcited brain, but for a migraine brain they can trigger the migraine.

So what can be done to reduce the incidence of migraines? It is actually quite simple, but it takes time and can be challenging.

How do we do this? First, reduce the excitability of the brain. Secondly, make sure those ten things above are reduced in their effect, and lastly support your body’s chemistry so that it can better handle the things that bring on a migraine.

This is done through nutrition, supplementation, exercise and certain lifestyle changes.

If you suffer from migraines and would like to reduce their frequency and intensity, we might be able to help, email or give us a call at drsymko@gmail.com or 978-369-7070.