The study examined more than 1,000 women at headache clinics in five states. Of them, 593 had fewer than 15 headaches per month (episodic headaches) and 439 had more than 15 headaches per month (chronic headaches). Ninety percent of the women were diagnosed with migraines.
Chronic headache sufferers were four times more likely to report symptoms of major depression, and three times more likely to report symptoms such as low energy, trouble sleeping, nausea, dizziness, pain or problems during intercourse, or pain in the stomach, back, arms, legs, and joints.
Patients with severely disabling migraines were 32 times more likely to have major depression if they also reported other severe symptoms.This suggests a common cause of both migraines and major depression. More studies are currently underway to test whether severe headache, severe physical symptoms and major depression are linked through a dysfunction of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
It's no surprise that women who suffer from migraines and chronic headaches are often plagued with depression, along with many other physical symptoms. Headaches are so common that Americans dish out more than $1 billion every year to get relief from migraines. And the pain associated with migraines can be so severe that some patients will actually consider suicide as a reasonable alternative.
The good news here is that most of the very same solutions for treating migraines also work to ease depression, eliminating the need for useless drugs that often worsen the problem.
I have also found intravenous magnesium to be a very effective tool to abort migraines. It does not seem to work orally, but when given as an IV most migraines disappear in a few minutes. The magnesium causes the blood vessels to dilate and makes the person very warm, depending on how fast the IV is pushed. I usually use a 1500 mg IV for the average adult.
However, as I progressed in my medical understanding I rarely required the use of the IV magnesium as EFT seems to work far more quickly, more effectively and typically provides a permanent solution, unlike IV magnesium.
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