Dear Headache sufferer,
I know that this may probably be the first time you've taken initiative to actually learn about headaches. Let's face it; we are all influenced by those slick headache commercials selling headache medicine. That's why we keep our medicine cabinets, purses, and glove compartments fully stocked with the stuff. As a matter of fact, they now sell headache medication at Costco in huge quantities. People go down the aisles and toss a case in their shopping carts like its potato chips or a 12 pack of beer.
Hopefully, by now you're starting to figure out that popping pills everyday just doesn't make sense. Headaches affect over 45 Million Americans, but thanks to new technological advances in therapy, the numbers are finally going down.
Drug companies don't discuss the causes of headaches because they know that they sell drugs to cover up the causes, not treat the causes. That's why they don't tell you what you are about to discover.
What you're about to discover is what we have to tell you, because you will not hear this watching Advil, Tylenol, or Excedrin commercials.
You may be suffering not only from headaches, but lack of information about a little known, but common cause of many headaches, the "Cervicogenic Headache".
Peter Rothbart, M.D., President of the World Cervicogenic Headache Society, explains the cervicogenic headache...
"The Cervicogenic headache is a headache which has its origin in the area of the neck. The source of pain is found in structures around the neck which have been damaged. These structures can include joints, ligaments, muscles, and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings. When these structures are damaged, the nerve endings send pain signals up the pathway from the upper nerves of the neck to the brain. During this process they intermingle with the nerve fibers of the trigeminal nerve. Since the trigeminal nerve is responsible for the perception of head pain, the patient therefore experiences the symptoms of headache."
Answer the following questions and remember If You Answer "Yes" To Even Only 1 of These Questions, You May Be Suffering From A "Cervicogenic Headache"...
1. Have you ever had trauma (minor or major) to your neck?
2. Have you ever played any "rough" sports such as football?
3. Have you experienced repeated "minor" sports injuries?
4. Is your neck stiff or at times, difficult to move?
5. Do you recall, or have you been told that as a child, you experienced a fall off the swings, porch, down the stairs, or any other seemingly slight incident?
While many patients who are diagnosed with cervicogenic headache have the traditional symptoms of tension headache, some of the patients who have the traditional symptoms of migraine (and cluster migraine) headache also respond to cervicogenic headache diagnosis and treatment.
You Have 3 Choices
A. Continue self medicating, and living with the terrible pain caused by most headaches, FOREVER!
B. Admit that your headaches are ruining your life and do something other than temporarily covering up your headaches with drugs; which by the way can be damaging your kidneys and liver.
C. Fix, once and for all, the cause of your headaches.
Here's Why Most Headaches Never Completely Go Away...
1. Drugs Don't Fix Headaches, They Only Temporarily Hide Them!
2. Many Headaches Are Misdiagnosed And Mistreated!
3. Many procedures include injections in the neck or back, surgery where nerves are purposely "burned" to eliminate pain, or lifestyle changes like diet, or a change in sleeping habits.
4. You're overworked, stressed out and don't see your life or job changing soon, so you decide to just live with IT.
Think about it, when you go to your doctor, how thorough is your evaluation? Does your doctor ask you some questions and then tell you something like, "It sounds to me like you have a tension headache (or a migraine, or a cluster)... take these pills, they should help with the pain".
Notice, the doctor will NOT say "these pills will help treat the cause of your headache."
And as effective as many of these procedures can be, people are people and not everyone suffering from headaches is willing to undergo theses procedures. That's why so many people still have headaches.
But here's the good news
A 5 Year Study Concluded ThatCervicogenic Headaches Surprisingly Responded To...Are You Ready...A Certain Type of Cervical Spine Care.
What does this mean to your headache?
Your headache, even if it's a migraine type headache, may not be caused by problems in your head; rather it may be caused by problems in your neck!
There are headaches that don't respond to specific, low force cervical spine care. These include head aches from high blood pressure, low blood sugar, hormonal changes, hangovers, dental problems, etc.; These however are small in number compared with headaches that are caused by tension of the neck and head muscles, and irritation to the nerves.
This means that you must make sure that the joints in your neck are moving properly if you want to be free of headaches.
How Do I Choose A Good, Quality Doctor that specializes in this type of care?
Most headache sufferers, after learning this relatively new information regarding the benefit of proper care for cervicogenic causes of headaches, wonder how to find a doctor trained in providing this care.
Oddly enough, studies show that the care is very safe, and is, as one doctor was quoted, "like shooting fish in a barrelit takes only 1 visit to find the problems, and is one of the easiest conditions to fix."
So our best advice is to ask the doctor the following questions
1. Do you treat "Musculo-Skeletal" Problems? - Some doctors do not focus on specific conditions. So ask the doctor if he or she treats headaches that may originate from the neck; some do not.
2. Would you periodically check my neck even after my headaches go away? - There's a saying, the best doctors are those who prevent what they treat. So if the doctor only treats people in pain, do not choose him or her. These doctors may be more money motivated than results motivated. Since some headaches come and go, the patients who regularly maintain a healthy and freely movable neck do a lot better. So only choose a doctor who also will see you for routine maintenance care.
3. Do you accept payment plans? - Nowadays, many doctors are getting out of managed care because they are forced by managed care to cut patients off from care even if they need more care, more tests, or more therapy. Patients are either going with the "managed care doctor" and hoping and praying that they'll get quality care, or paying out of pocket for their services. So in response, there are Quality Care Focused dentists, medical doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists, and other health care professionals, that are giving patients comfortable payment options. Even though this type of care is inexpensive compared to most care, ask the office if they'd consider putting you on a payment plan.
These questions should provide you enough information to make the right choice.
More and more headache and neck pain sufferers are going to doctors that specialize in headaches and neck pain instead of their regular doctors!
Our office has eliminated the headaches of thousands of patients here in San Diego.
You shouldn't be needlessly suffering. Remember those days when you were happy and pain free. Stop making the worst mistake of your life and hoping that the pain will go away on its own. Because the worst thing that can happen is that the pain does go away on its own, and the problem slowly lingers until there's no hope.
We look forward to helping you discover why you are still in pain and show you how to finally END your pain and discomfort once and for all. Contact our office today!