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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Migraines
At Spire Health Pathways, we understand the toll that migraines can take on our patients’ lives. Our functional medicine approach to treating migraines is aimed at finding and addressing the root causes of this condition, to help our patients experience long-lasting relief and improved quality of life.
What are Migraines?
Migraines are a type of headache that can cause moderate to severe pain, and other symptoms like sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and ability to function, both at home and at work.
Types of Migraines
There are several different types of migraines, including:
- Migraine without aura: This is the most common type of migraine, characterized by moderate to severe pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and other symptoms.
- Migraine with aura: This type of migraine is characterized by a warning sign or "aura" that appears before the headache, such as seeing flashing lights, zigzag lines, or blind spots.
- Chronic migraine: This is a type of migraine that occurs on 15 or more days per month, and can be particularly difficult to manage.
The symptoms of migraines can be divided into several categories, including:
- Pain: Moderate to severe pain on one or both sides of the head is the most common symptom of migraines.
- Sensory disturbances: Migraines can cause sensitivity to light and sound, as well as other sensory disturbances like blurred vision, tingling or numbness in the face or limbs, and even temporary blindness in some cases.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of migraines, and can make it difficult to eat or take medication.
How Migraines Affect People’s Lives
Migraines can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, and can cause:
- Missed days of work or school
- Social isolation
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced productivity
- Anxiety and depression
Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Migraines
At Spire Health Pathways, we take a holistic and individualized approach to treating migraines. Our functional medicine approach involves identifying and addressing the root causes of our patients’ migraines, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Our treatments may include:
- – Identifying and avoiding trigger foods or other triggers that may be causing or contributing to migraines
- – Nutritional supplementation to address nutrient deficiencies or imbalances
- – Lifestyle changes, such as stress reduction and exercise, to improve overall health and reduce migraine frequency and severity
- – Medications, as needed, to help manage symptoms and prevent migraines
Potential Costs of Migraines
The cost of treating migraines in Fort Collins with functional medicine varies depending on the individual’s specific needs and treatment plan. At Spire Health Pathways, we work with our patients to create personalized treatment plans that take into account their budget and insurance coverage. We also offer flexible payment options to help make treatment more accessible to our patients.
Contact Spire Health Pathways today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our functional medicine approach to treating migraines.
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