Migraine headaches plague millions of Americans, who will do just about anything to find relief. To reduce headache occurrence, many people take prescription medications on a daily basis. Recently, a team of researchers conducted a study to see if these drugs were doing their jobs effectively; and the results were somewhat disappointing.

Minimal Impact

After pouring over hundreds of studies, a group of researchers found that migraine-preventing medications reduced headache frequency in about 40 percent of users; however, they also found that these drugs came with so many unpleasant side-effects, people stopped using them regardless of their positive effects. Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research also determined that many of the existing positive clinical trials were conducted by industry manufacturers, which had clear conflicts of interest.

Lackluster Results

According to the researchers, many preventative migraine medications come with very serious side-effects, such as birth defects, hair loss, weight gain, tingling, sexual side-effects and sleeplessness. What’s more, they don’t even seem to offer any benefits to about 60 percent of users.

Why Don’t They Work?

It’s not clear why migraine medications work for some people and not others; however, in some instances, it could be because certain users aren’t having migraines at all. Some physical ailments, such as temporomandibular joint disorders, can cause severe, debilitating headaches that seem like migraines. Invariably, these headaches won’t respond to preventative migraine medications, because they stem from underlying physical problems which demand a targeted treatment.

Real, Lasting Relief

When debilitating headaches stem from TMJ disorder, patients need an effective TMD treatment plan that will target the source of the problem: a misaligned bite. By providing just that, Dr. Berry offers lasting relief from the complete spectrum of TMD symptoms, from headaches to jaw pain to chewing difficulties and more. To learn more, please call (303) 691-0267 at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver today.