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Is Tyramine to Blame for Your Migraines?

Migraines remain mysterious. Despite all our research, we don't really understand what causes them. For people with migraines there are typically many triggers that can lead to the development of headaches. For many people, diet is a big part of their migraine triggers, and when people have a dietary migraine trigger, a [...]

By |December 29th, 2021|Migraine|Comments Off on Is Tyramine to Blame for Your Migraines?

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

If you are having frequent headaches, they can be disruptive. It can be hard to work, and even harder to play when you have bad headaches. It can feel very hard to track down the cause of your headaches, too, which makes them even more frustrating. Sleep apnea [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Headache, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on 5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

If you live with daily migraines, your quality of life is likely a lot lower than you want it to be. You’ve probably tried every migraine treatment you can find and still experience frequent headaches and migraines. At TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, we offer a headache and migraine treatment [...]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

Smells That Cause (and Cure) Migraines

There are many different types of migraine triggers, and it's important for you to be aware of which ones are most likely to trigger yours. An important one to consider is smells. From 20-90% of migraine sufferers experience headaches caused by smells, and are sometimes said to be the second most common [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Smells That Cause (and Cure) Migraines

BOTOX Could Stop Migraines by Targeting Central Sensitization

We’ve said before that the exact mechanism by which TMJ triggers migraines is uncertain. However, the problem isn’t just linked to TMJ--many migraine causes are mysterious. Nor is it only causes that are mysterious--some treatments baffle us, too, in their mechanism. This includes the increasingly popular use of {{{{link id='3391' text='BOTOX®  injections to treat [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on BOTOX Could Stop Migraines by Targeting Central Sensitization

Yoga Improves Effectiveness of Migraine Treatment

Last week, we were reviewing some preliminary research about how yoga can help people with TMJ. However, now a new study shows that yoga is an effective adjunct to typical migraine treatment with medications. The study shows that, after three months, people who did yoga had more improvement in their [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Yoga Improves Effectiveness of Migraine Treatment

Vestibular Migraine Might Respond Well to TMJ Treatment

Migraines are not just a very common condition, they are a condition that comes with many variations. Some of these variations are particularly disabling and/or hard to treat. One of these hard-to-treat subtypes is vestibular migraine. In this type of migraine, you experience dizziness along with your headache, which can make it even more

By |January 7th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Vestibular Migraine Might Respond Well to TMJ Treatment

Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

For many of us, coffee is part of our daily routine. While one cup of java in the morning might be the perfect pick-me-up, adding too many more caffeinated drinks over the course of the day could be increasing your risk of migraines. That’s according to a new study, which suggests that [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Bruxism, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

How Can You Help Friends and Family with Migraines?

People who suffer with migraines face a number of critical challenges. It’s hard for them to maintain a good work schedule, and just as hard to get relaxation by spending time with friends and family. Seeing their challenges can make you want to help, but what can you do [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Migraine|Comments Off on How Can You Help Friends and Family with Migraines?

Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

We know that migraines are among the conditions that tend to be associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). We also know that teens frequently develop TMJ. So it seems likely that migraine and TMJ would be associated with one another in teens. The association between these [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

In an attempt to help counter the ongoing crisis of opioid overdose in the US, the FDA has announced that devices for controlling pain can get through the approval process faster. This may mean that in the near future, we may have access to more drug-free treatments for migraines. But there’s even [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

One of the biggest challenges of getting successful treatment for your TMJ is getting a successful diagnosis. TMJ symptoms often overlap with other conditions, and since many doctors don’t know much about TMJ, they are more likely to put a label on the symptoms that they feel more comfortable with. Since these [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bruxism, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

Migraine Surgery Is Successful in Study

Migraine surgery remains a controversial procedure to treat migraines. Although advocates push its potential benefits, the studies demonstrating these benefits have been questioned, and the cost, side effects, and other drawbacks have been shown to be significant. Now a new study is demonstrating the potential functional benefits of migraine surgery, lending additional [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Surgery Is Successful in Study

New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Migraine sufferers have long struggled to find successful migraine treatments. And when they do, these treatments come with numerous potential side effects. Few migraine sufferers have found a treatment that they are happy with. But that may soon change, with the development of new migraine drugs that target a key link in the causal mechanism [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Understanding Migraine as Protective Mechanism Could Transform Treatment

It’s probably the last thing you want to hear when you’re fighting through the pain and nausea of your migraine: it’s good for you. But that’s exactly what one researcher is proposing, that migraines might actually be a protective mechanism for the brain, and that utilizing the techniques of migraines--although hopefully without the pain--could revolutionize [...]

By |October 26th, 2017|Migraine|Comments Off on Understanding Migraine as Protective Mechanism Could Transform Treatment

TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

We know that there’s a strong link between migraines and TMJ. Although it’s hard to establish a causal link, we know through our practice that people with TMJ are more likely to suffer more migraines--and more likely to experience severe migraines. Now a study from Brazil has confirmed at [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Headaches and migraines are complex conditions with many potential causes. In order to be able to treat them properly, we have to be prepared to offer many different treatments that can target these causes and provide relief. One treatment we offer for these and other painful conditions is trigger point injections. This safe, [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was sidelined for last Thursday’s loss against the Chargers with what the team deemed a “complex migraine condition.” “Complex migraine” is a general term, and it can refer to a severe migraine, a migraine accompanied by visual aura, or lingering migraine complications. The precise cause of Kubiak’s migraine has [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Using Pot to Treat Pain

Unless you have been living under a rock you know that marijuana is now legal for medical and recreational use in four states. One of those four being our very own Colorado. A staggering 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana. Clearly there is something about marijuana that makes it useful as medication, [...]

By |December 30th, 2015|Chronic Pain, Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Using Pot to Treat Pain

New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Migraines have proven to be extremely tricky to treat with recent studies indicating that those suffering from migraines are increasingly dissatisfied with their treatment plan. Many doctors today are relying on drugs that can have strong negative side effects (such as opioids). As if the side effects were not bad enough, [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Can Music Cure Hangovers?

We have all been there. As you wake up the next morning from a night out, you reach over and shut off the alarm that's ringing sounds like a million bombs going off in your ears. Last night was fun, probably a little too fun, and now you are hungover and are faced with the [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Music Cure Hangovers?

Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Most migraine sufferers have tried many different treatments, often with little or no success, until they stumble on something that works. That was the case for a British woman, who recently found that her ear piercing relieved her migraines. And she’s not the only one to get these results. Could this [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Many people have difficulty understanding how a jaw disorder like TMJ can be linked to severe headaches and especially migraines. After all, migraines are caused inside the head, and are linked to a wide range of triggers that don't seem to have any relationship to the jaw. But there is an [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

One of the big challenges in our lives is forging and maintaining social relationships. Time management, self-esteem, employment, and hygiene are a few factors that can make maintaining relationships easier or more difficult. Frequent migraines caused by TMJ can make this already challenging task seem insurmountable. Focusing on something as simple as a [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

A new study suggests that, far from improving, family doctors might be getting worse at treating routine headaches. The evidence shows that even though guidelines recommend less imaging, fewer drugs, and more counseling, the trend is going in the opposite direction, making headache care more expensive, less effective, and adding risks. Keeping Watch [...]

By |January 12th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

Migraine Treatment Complicated by Abuse Associations

Recently, researchers released the results of a study looking at the association between childhood abuse and migraine risk. Researchers were not able to show that abuse caused migraines--that was not their intent--but the strong association between the two factors, they say, should inform migraine treatment. A Strong Association Dawn Buse, one of the study authors, [...]

By |January 8th, 2015|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Treatment Complicated by Abuse Associations

Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

According to a new study, migraine sufferers are nearly twice as likely to suffer from Bell's palsy. Although researchers in the study haven't explained the link, it could tell us more about migraine, and further explain how TMJ treatment helps migraine sufferers. What Is Bell's Palsy? Bell's palsy is an unusual condition in [...]

By |December 30th, 2014|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

Master Your Migraines with These 5 Tips

If you suffer from migraine headaches, they will definitely have an impact on your life. But that doesn't mean they have to control your life. You still have the power to live the life you want, if you seize control back from your migraines. Here are some strategies that help migraine sufferers get [...]

By |June 4th, 2014|Migraine|Comments Off on Master Your Migraines with These 5 Tips

Foods That Can Prevent Migraines

Most people with migraines know that certain foods can be migraine triggers. But did you know that other foods can also help prevent migraines? It’s true, and Alicia Silverstone has compiled a good list of them on her blog The Kind Life. We’ll talk about some of her recommendations, alternatives, and give [...]

By |June 4th, 2014|Migraine|Comments Off on Foods That Can Prevent Migraines

Migraine Relief from Sleep Apnea Treatment

One in four people with migraines has sleep apnea, which has led some people to wonder whether sleep apnea might contribute to migraines. If so, then sleep apnea treatment should give migraine relief, and, according to a small new study, that seems to be the case. However, researchers used [...]

By |April 30th, 2014|Migraine, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Migraine Relief from Sleep Apnea Treatment

Migraine Prevention Drug Approved for Teens

For the first time ever, the FDA has approved a migraine prevention drug for teens. The drug topiramate has long been used for migraine prevention in adults, and has been shown to be safe and effective for teens. Although this can have the positive effect of reducing the number of Half of Teens Who See the Doctor for Headaches Are Prescribed Opiates

By |April 3rd, 2014|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Prevention Drug Approved for Teens

At-Home TENS Device Can Be Marketed for Migraine Headache Prevention

The FDA has decided to allow marketing of a new at-home transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device--called Cefaly--to be used for migraine headache prevention. The device was said to be useful for people who do not currently tolerate migraine prevention medications. What Is Cefaly? Cefaly is a small, portable, battery-powered prescription device that [...]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Headache, Home Care, Migraine|Comments Off on At-Home TENS Device Can Be Marketed for Migraine Headache Prevention

Magnetic Migraine Control: It Works, We’re Just Not Sure How

In December 2013, the FDA approved its first-ever migraine treatment treatment device. The good news is that this treatment went through the actual premarket approval system, instead of being eased in using the 510(k) equivalence system that means no trials are needed for approvals. The bad news is that, although we know the [...]

By |February 5th, 2014|Migraine|Comments Off on Magnetic Migraine Control: It Works, We’re Just Not Sure How

Migraine Sufferers Have a Hard Time Finding Good Treatment According to Survey

The online migraine community Migraine.com ran a survey on its website to determine details about the migraine population. The survey got more than 2700 responses on some questions, and although it's not a scientific survey it reveals a lot about migraine sufferers, such as who they are, and what their experience was like. [...]

By |January 15th, 2014|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Sufferers Have a Hard Time Finding Good Treatment According to Survey

Migraine without the Headache: “Silent” Migraines Affect 2% of Sufferers

Do you have debilitating bouts of visual symptoms, dizziness, and tingling in your limbs? These may actually be migraines, even though you don't have headaches. Although for many people, a migraine is synonymous with a very bad headache, it's actually a distinct condition that has many different effects. Without the headache, it is [...]

By |January 15th, 2014|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine without the Headache: “Silent” Migraines Affect 2% of Sufferers

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Could Help Treat Teen Migraines

Teens have practically the same rate of migraines as adults, but there are not clinically accepted guidelines for teen treatment to the same extent as for adults. Now a new study shows that clinical treatment for teens with migraines should include not only drug treatment, but perhaps cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well. [...]

By |December 30th, 2013|Migraine|Comments Off on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Could Help Treat Teen Migraines

Greater Occipital Nerve Block Good for Medication-Resistant Migraines

Migraines can be hard to treat. Part of the problem is that "migraine" is a blanket label used to describe many related, but fundamentally different, conditions. If you are going to get relief from your migraine, you have to be prepared to consider and try many different treatments. Greater occipital nerve block (which, [...]

By |December 6th, 2013|Migraine|Comments Off on Greater Occipital Nerve Block Good for Medication-Resistant Migraines

Allergies Connected to More Common and More Serious Migraines

Researchers have identified a new site for migraine triggers that everyone has been overlooking for years, despite the fact that it's plain as the nose on your face. In fact, it is the nose on your face. It turns out that allergies and other sources of nose irritation can lead to worse migraines. [...]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Migraine|Comments Off on Allergies Connected to More Common and More Serious Migraines

Atypical Migraines May Be Confused with Dental Problems, TMJ

People with pain centered in their teeth or sinuses may suspect many things, such as a sinus infection and cavities or other tooth problems. They may never suspect the true cause of their problems, an atypical migraine, also called neurovascular orofacial pain. Types of Atypical Migraines Migraines are a mysterious condition. Part of [...]

By |November 20th, 2013|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Atypical Migraines May Be Confused with Dental Problems, TMJ

Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Medical professionals estimate that nearly 37 million Americans suffer from migraines; however, numerous more endure chronic headaches which occur as a result of other physical ailments. Although migraine sufferers often have trouble attaining consistent relief, others are more fortunate. To find out if your chronic headaches actually stem from a treatable physical problem, consider the [...]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Migraines, Chronic Pain Increase Suicide Risk: Study

Because they are unrelenting and difficult to treat, chronic conditions tend to leave people feeling hopeless. Sadly, according to a recent study, these negative feelings often force many people to end their lives prematurely. Increased Suicide Risk New research indicates that people are more likely to commit suicide when they suffer from migraines and other [...]

By |June 23rd, 2013|Chronic Pain, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraines, Chronic Pain Increase Suicide Risk: Study

Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Migraines?

TMJ disorder affects numerous Americans, who must cope with trying symptoms, such as pain, difficulty chewing and tinnitus. Many sufferers also endure migraine headaches that may or may not be associated with their conditions. Recently, a Brazilian study looked at the potential correlation between migraines and temporomandibular joint disorder, and the results appear to indicate [...]

By |February 4th, 2013|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Migraines?

Migraine Drug Recall Raises Questions

Migraines bring crippling pain that can make it almost impossible for people to function at work or at home. In search of relief, many turn to prescription and over-the-counter drugs specifically created to provide migraine relief. Unfortunately, like most medications, these drugs come with a certain amount of risk. Recall Attracts Attention Recently, the Novartis [...]

By |December 17th, 2012|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Drug Recall Raises Questions

Migraine Sufferers Face Prejudice at Work: Researchers

Migraine headaches aren't just painful; they can have debilitating effects that make it difficult or impossible for people to function at work. Unfortunately, many unknowing people regard migraines as simple headaches, without understanding just how complex and overwhelming they can be. In fact, a recent study suggests that most migraine sufferers feel they are treated [...]

By |December 11th, 2012|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Sufferers Face Prejudice at Work: Researchers

Do You Have Migraines, TMJ Disorder or Both?

Millions of Americans suffer from migraine headaches, which can cause debilitating symptoms, such as severe pain, nausea, temporary blindness, numbness and sensitivity to sound and light. That said, while some people believe they are getting migraine headaches, many are actually suffering from TMJ disorder, a medical condition that causes inflammation in the muscles that surround [...]

By |August 21st, 2012|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Do You Have Migraines, TMJ Disorder or Both?
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