Dr. Andrew Kong & Associates
Migraine Migraines affect 38 million men, women and children in the U.S. and 1 billion worldwide. •Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. •Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. •12% of the world’s population – including children – suffer from migraines. •18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines. •Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. Most people don’t realize how serious and incapacitating migraine can be. •Migraine is the 6th most disabling illness in the world. •While most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, more than 4 million people have chronic daily migraine, with at least 15 migraine days per month. •More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine. Migraine is not just a bad headache. •Migraine is an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. •It’s typically a severe throbbing recurring pain, usually on one side of the head. But in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected. •Attacks are often accompanied by one or more of the following disabling symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. •About 25% of migraine sufferers also have a visual disturbance called an aura, which usually lasts less than an hour. •In 15-20% of attacks, other neurological symptoms occur before the actual head pain. •Attacks usually last between 4 and 72 hours. For many sufferers, migraine is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes their quality of life. •More than 4 million adults experience chronic daily migraine – with at least 15 migraine days per month. •Medication overuse is the most common reason why episodic migraine turns chronic. •Depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances are common for those with chronic migraine. Migraine disproportionately affects women. •Migraine affects about 28 million women in the U.S. •85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women. •Before puberty, boys are affected more than girls, but during adolescence, the risk of migraine and its severity rises in girls. •Three times as many women as men suffer from migraine in adulthood. •About half of female sufferers have more than one attack each month, and a quarter experience 4 or more severe attacks per month. •More severe and more frequent attacks often result from fluctuations in estrogen levels. Migraine affects kids, too. •Migraine often goes undiagnosed in children. •About 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine. •Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. Migraine has even been reported in children as young as 18 months. Recently, infant colic was found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine. •Children who suffer are absent from school twice as often as children without migraine. •In childhood, boys suffer from migraine more often than girls; as adolescence approaches, the incidence increases more rapidly in girls than in boys. •A child who has one parent with migraine has a 50% chance of inheriting it, and if both parents have migraine, the chances rise to 75% "Cluster headache"

Cluster headaches refer to a type of headache that recurs over a period of time. People who have cluster headaches experience an episode one to three

times per day during a period of time, which may last from two weeks to three months. People who suffer from cluster headaches get them at the same

time each year, such as the spring or fall. Cluster headaches can be more intense than a migraine attack but fortunately do not last as long as a migraine

headache. The headaches go into remission for months or years, only to recur without any warning. Cluster headaches are the least common type of

headaches, typically starting before the age of 30, and are more common in men.

Cluster Headache Symptoms: Type of pain: The pain of cluster headache is almost always one-sided, and during a headache period, the pain remains on the same side. Severity/intensity of pain: The pain of a cluster headache is generally very intense and severe and is often described as having a burning or piercing quality. The pain is so intense that most cluster headache sufferers cannot sit still and will often pace during an attack. Location of pain: The pain is located in the eye region, without changing sides. It may radiate around the head on the affected side. The scalp may be tender, and a pulsing can be felt. Duration of pain: The pain of a cluster headache lasts a short time, generally 30-90 minutes. It may, however, last from 15 minutes to three hours. The headache will disappear only to recur later that day. Frequency of headaches: Most sufferers get one to three headaches per day during a cluster period (the time when the headache sufferer is experiencing daily attacks). They occur very regularly, and have been called "alarm clock headaches," because they often awaken the person at the same time during the night.. How We Can Help Our Office Exceeds At Treating Headache and Migraine Because We Treat Every Source Of The Pain Including: • Allergies / Intolerances • Diet / Nutrition History • Vitamin Deficiencies • TMJ Misalignments • Spinal Subluxations • Tight Muscles • Gut Dysfunction Our Treatments May Include: • Allergy Testing – We have an expansive allergy panel, this will test for 180 food sensitivities and a variety of molds. • Blood Work To Test For Deficiencies – Vitamin or mineral deficiencies can cause headaches, we fill these voids with natural supplements. • Acupuncture – Acupuncture can be extremely useful in reducing the symptoms of migraines; pain, sensitivity to sound and light, nausea, and vomiting. • Chiropractic Manipulation – Poor posture, previous accidents, and time can allow your body to experience misalignments, which can cause headaches and migraines. • Diet / Nutritional Supplements – Diet changes attributed to allergies or sensitivities, and vitamin deficiencies can relieve headaches and migraines. • Massage Therapy – Headaches or migraines may be caused by tight muscles, often found within the scalp, jaw, neck and shoulders. • Neuro Feedback - An effective modality utilized to manage headaches (both migraine and tension-type). This treatment allows the patient to become actively involved in his or her own headache treatment. A person must be ready to commit to this type of therapy and willing to practice these exercises. Neurofeedback techniques monitor brain wave activity, allowing our doctors to correct the waves that may be out of sync with the body’s natural frequency. These corrections are made through the use of videos, games, and sound exercises. According to research studies, up to 84% of migraine patients taking medication report being unsatisfied with pain relief. Medications offer temporary pain relief by blocking pain receptors, but does not address the brainwave imbalance which may be contributing to your pain. Neurofeedback has been scientifically proven to retrain the brain to create new patterns and responses to incoming triggers and stressors. This improves brainwave activity and promotes correct function. Studies following Neurofeedback have shown more than 54% rate of total cessation of pain and symptoms and 99% reported a decrease in pain and symptoms.
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