Some of my clients that have sustained severe neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries or TMJ due to their face striking the steering wheel may suffer recurring headaches and migraines for the rest of their life. Their primary physician may do little more than prescribe a litany of medications. The concept of taking pain medication for decades does not sit well with everyone.
More and more, I am meeting people who have concerns regarding using pain medication on a long-term basis. Some of them feel this way as they worry of potential consequences that can occur with the the long term use of pain medications which can include: addiction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. There has been a growing number of people who desire to keep their body ‘clean’ and use treatments that are natural, organic or homeopathic. Other people have battled addiction issues in the past and are unable to use medication. Others respond poorly to the prescribed medication. The side effects may be just as bad or worse for them than the headache itself. Others have allergic reactions. If a woman is pregnant, planning pregnancy or nursing, she may avoid prescribed narcotics.
Can I treat my headaches naturally? Yes. Please discuss with a medical provider your injuries to determine what natural remedy will work best for you.