Natural Treatment for Migraine Duncan OK

Whichever therapies you choose for treating headaches, the key is to use them regularly—singly or in combination—as part of a strategy to stop headaches before they start.

Dr.Benjamin G. Benner
(918) 492-7587
6767 South Yale Avenue
Tulsa, OK
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(405) 271-3635
711 Stanton L Young Boulevard #215
Oklahoma City, OK
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James Russell Couch Jr, MD
(405) 271-4113
711 Stanton L Young Blvd Ste 215
Oklahoma City, OK
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1965
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Lawton, OK
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Edmond, OK
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
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1919 S Wheeling Ave Ste 600
Tulsa, OK
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Neurological Surgery
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(405) 321-6347
724 24th Ave Ste 220 N W
Norman, OK
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American Sign, Russian
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
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4120 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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2128 S Atlanta Pl
Tulsa, OK
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1000 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Spotlight on Headaches

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By Christie Aschwanden

Migraine headaches slammed into Evelyn Strauss’s life during her sophomore year in college. “I would have to retreat to a dark room for two or three days every time I got one, which was every few weeks,” says the 41-year-old editor in Santa Cruz, California. “It was horrible. I had to schedule my studying around my migraines.” She tried several medications, but nothing worked. With nothing to lose, she decided to see a hypnotist. “Hypnosis got rid of the headaches completely,” she says.

Strauss’s story would not surprise Donald Penzien, a psychologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. While most people quiet their headaches by popping over-the-counter pain medications or prescription headache drugs, these pills don’t work for everyone, he says. And frequent use of them can actually make the problem worse by triggering rebound headaches—pain that begins as soon as the medication wears off, requiring still more medication and perpetuating the cycle.

Penzien is convinced there’s a better way. He recently published a study analyzing the last 30 years of research into often-overlooked behavioral treatments for headaches, including mind-body therapies like biofeedback and hypnosis. His conclusion: These treatments may actually manage headaches better than drugs. In fact, the real trick to taming headaches is to keep them from developing in the first place—which these mind-body techniques and other alternative remedies can help you do. If a headache does slip through, some of the same treatments can curb symptoms, too.

Whichever therapies you choose, the key is to use them regularly—singly or in combination—as part of a strategy to stop headaches before they start. “Prevention is the name of the game,” Penzien says.

Identify your triggers
Experts classify headaches into dozens of different types, but tension headaches and migraines are by far the most common, and some people battle both types. No one’s 100 percent sure what causes headaches, but for most people, they’re set off by one or more triggers, which can differ from person to person.

That’s why the first step in a preventive strategy is recognizing what your triggers are and finding ways to avoid them. Common culprits include stress, disrupted sleep patterns, bright light, noise, alcohol, caffeine, and certain foods like cheese and chocolate. (It can be helpful to keep a headache diary, noting when the pain comes on and what you ate, drank, and did beforehand.)

When journalist Lila Guterman, 29, moved to London in 1998, she noticed that her previously infrequent migraines suddenly became regular. “They were often totally incapacitating,” she says. Thinking about what had changed since her move, she realized that she was making more trips to the coffeepot at her new job. So she quit cold turkey. The first week sans caffeine she felt a mild headache or two, but then they disappeared entirely. “I didn’t get another headache the whol...

Author: Christie Aschwanden

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