Dr. Steve Wheeler Talks Migraines

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    Anyone who has ever suffered a migraine knows it’s no ordinary headache.

    Migraine is a neurological disease that causes periodic, painful attacks, which affect about 12 percent of the nation’s population.

    Migraine headaches involve recurrent attacks of moderate to severe throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of the head. Patients report sensitivity to light, noise and odors and headaches are sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Routine physical activity, coughing or sneezing can make the pain worse.

    Medical experts have studied a variety of possible triggers and causes for migraines, including vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, external stimuli, stress and hormonal fluctuations.

    Dr. Steve Wheeler, a renowned neurologist who specializes in treating chronic migraines and founder of the Wheeler Headache Treatment Center in Miami, Fla., found that many of his patients had low levels of vitamin D and suffered from other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, such as fibromyalgia and heart disease. Migraine sufferers who had low levels of vitamin D were also more likely to experience migraines at an earlier age.

    According to his website, most migraine sufferers have a family history of headaches and occur more frequently in people who have other medical conditions, including depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. Migraine symptoms can begin in infancy, but are usually first experienced between the ages of 5 and 35 and adult women are three times more likely to suffer migraine headaches than men.

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