6 Tips for Managing Your Migraines

Tyler, Texas Dentist, Rick Coker, Treats Migraines

Tyler Texas Headache ReliefResearch has shown that headache patients who feel they have some control of their headaches have better outcomes, so what can you do for some control?

1.) Look for a dentist who fits a device called the NTI. I know you are thinking that I must not know what a migraine is. You are supposed to go to a neurologist or your primary-care physician, not a dentist.

In 1977, during his senior year in high school Jim Boyd started having daily headaches. He went to college and then to dental school and on to graduate school still having daily headaches. He tells of taking 10-12 Excedrin every day just to make the pain manageable. During the summer of 1989, he developed a device he thought would work. It did. After wearing it to bed, he woke up for the first time in 12 years without a headache.

This device has now been approved by the FDA for the prevention of migraine and other chronic headaches. The story of Dr. Jim Boyd and his invention is available for you to read if you want all the background.

If you live in East Texas, you will be able to find the NTI at Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio If you live elsewhere, you can go to the headache remedy to find a dentist in your area.

2.) Keep a headache diary. You will want to keep track of your headaches on this journey so you will be able to tell the dentist (or doctor) about the type and the number of headaches you are having. This will be good to continue to keep as you go through treatment(s) so you can see whether you are getting any better. Some good downloadable ones are at Berkeley Health. There is also a free iHeadache app for your iPhone or your BlackBerry.

3.) See your dentist regularly and often. Your NTI dentist should ask to see you every two to four weeks for the first couple of months to keep abreast of how your are progressing. If you need to add or change any part of your treatment, this would be the time to learn about that. If you are doing great, your visits can then be scheduled for twice a year.

4.) Give treatments a chance. You must try out your new device for two to three months before deciding it’s not working.

5.) Check into mind-body practices such as biofeedback, relaxation, yoga and meditation. Adding these practices into your life may help you control your headaches sooner.

6.) If the NTI and the mind-body practices don’t work after you’ve given them 3-4 months, check with your dentist about referring you to a neurologist. Be sure and read the article, “The Scary New Migraine Mistake” by Peg Rosen in the October 2011 issue of More Magazine for precautions about drug therapy.