If you’ve been paying attention to health news, you’ve likely heard about the ‘opioid epidemic’, which is a significant uptick in instances when symptoms are treated with highly addictive drugs. One of the illnesses that often result in opioid prescriptions is migraine headaches.
Part of the reason why many migraine sufferers find themselves with opioid prescriptions is due to the elusive nature of the disorder’s root causes. Triggers can vary widely from individual to individual, and solutions that work for one migraine sufferer may easily have an adverse effect on another. An opioid prescription is often used as a way to offer the patient at least some relief when they can’t find a migraine treatment in Toronto that works.
Treating Symptoms Instead of the Root Causes
Unfortunately, the opioids do not address the root cause of migraine headaches, only the resulting symptoms. Using opioids such as Percocet and Oxycodone will do nothing to actually reduce the frequency or severity of migraine headaches, essentially acting as ‘band-aid solutions’.
As such, opioids should never be seen as a solution. There are a number of migraine treatments in Toronto that can help to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches without the use of dangerous drugs.
Opioids are Flirting with Disaster
Most people are aware that opioids are addictive. However, many don’t realize just how addictive they are. Prescription opioids are commonly found to be just as addictive as heroin, and one can often become addicted without realizing until it’s too late.
Part of this reason is because taking opioids for a period causes your body to develop a tolerance: Your body ‘gets used to it’, meaning the drugs are no longer as effective, which means you have to take more to get the same effect, and causing the ‘crash’ of withdrawal to be more severe if you try to stop.
Consider Chiropractic (And Other Drug-Free) Preventative Treatments
While the use of opioids may be necessary to manage the pain of particularly severe migraines, you should make a conscious effort to use them as little as possible, turning instead to a number of drug-free treatments, including chiropractic maintenance.
For more information on such treatments, see our Chiropractic Migraine Treatment page or our previous Drug-Free Migraine Treatment article.
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If you suffer from migraines, we urge you to consider alternative treatments in Toronto before settling with dangerous drugs. Book an appointment today.