If anyone knows anything about headaches it' s me...I became a chiropractor because of my positive experience as a chiropractic patient with severe, debilitating migraine headaches.
Experts say there are not very many conditions that are as painful as a really bad migraine headache...I agree.
In my particular case, I started having headaches out of the blue when I was about 26 years old. They began to increase in frequency, duration, and intensity. The headaches got to the point where they were almost constant. I went to bed with a migraine...and woke up with one. I went to 5 or 6 different medical doctors...including a brain surgeon. I had MRIs, Cat Scans, X-rays...you name it...nobody could figure it out.
I actually developed an allergic reaction to the Percodan they gave me for pain and ended up in the Emergency Room having my stomach pumped...it was a nightmare.
At the time I was right out of school and I was working as a stockbroker which is what I thought I wanted to do. One of my clients was a chiropractor and he contacted me at home once he found out I was out with these headaches. Anyway...the rest is history. It turned out that I had pinched nerves in the neck that were triggering the migraine headaches (none of the other doctors even suggested this).
This is now considered a known cause (the article above even mentions chiropractic)...but back then my medical doctors thought it was hogwash and that chiropractic was Voodoo. Now I work hand in hand with many medical doctors to co-manage San Francisco migraine headache patients. Some patients need both.
Anyway...the results spoke for themselves and I became a chiropractic believer...so much so that I decided to change careers and become a chiropractor.
Since then I rarely have a headache and I have helped thousands of San Francisco migraine headache sufferers over the past 18 years return to more normal lives. Sure...all the mumbo-jumbo in the migraine headaches article above is true...but I would go straight to the chiropractor first if I were you...save yourself some time, stress, and aggravation. If chiropractic fails to help your migraine (and you have to give it some time)...then you can get on the migraine treatment ferris wheel and go for a ride.
But if your chiropractic migraine experience is anything like mine...it will be your only stop...really.