Migraines are known to cause very intense head pain that is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to sound, light, and noise, and visual disturbances. They can last anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days and can take just as long to recover from. While women get migraines 3 times more often, men to do get them as well. As many as 39 million in the USA have migraines: 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men. Men suffer just as much as women do, but it is often less talked about. Let’s discuss 10 interesting facts about men and migraines.
10 Interesting Facts about Migraines and Men
- Men who served in the military are at a higher risk to get migraines due to PTSD and TBI. Emotional trauma often occurs before migraines. Soldiers are very familiar with this. As many as 10 percent out of 2,200 returning soldiers suffer from migraines, while twice as many with migraines have PTSD.
- A lot of men have migraines. It is true that women have more migraines than men because of hormone fluctuations, but men suffer as well. Some famous men with migraines are:
- Ben Affleck
- Kanye West
- Men are less likely to visit a doctor for a diagnosis. More than half of people with migraines are misdiagnosed. The nonprofit migraine awareness group MAGNUM says that about 60 percent of women and 70 percent of men with migraines are not properly diagnosed.
- Men are more likely to have migraines than ulcers. Five million people in the United States have ulcers, with twice as many men than women. In contrast, 39 million people in the United States have migraines, three times as many women than men. The math reveals that 3.5 million men have ulcers versus 9 million who have migraines.
- Men who suffer from migraines have a greater risk of heart attack. Men with migraines are at a 42 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those without. Ignoring your migraines can put you at risk for problems down the road.
- A migraine is often mistaken for a sinus headache in both men and women. While some symptoms are very similar, the big difference is that sinus headaches do not continue to return.
- Men who play contact sports are at a higher risk for migraines due to concussions. A post-traumatic headache after a concussion is very common. A study from 2005 concluded that athletes who have previously had a concussion tend to have more migraines. This may be connected to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, and we will discuss how to correct that later in this article.
- Men who don’t pursue or share their migraine diagnosis put their children at risk. There is significant proof that migraines are genetic in some cases. If one parent has migraines, a child’s risk of developing the condition is 50 percent. By finding out if your children are prone to migraines at an early age, they can avoid misdiagnosis, improper care, and the progression to chronic migraines.
- Men over the age of 40 have more migraines than problems with prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction. Advertisers want you to believe the latter health problems are a very big problem for men in this age range. However, the facts reveal a different story. One out of every 20 males age 40 has ED, one in every 38 men age 40 to 59 has prostate cancer, and one out of every 18 men has migraines. This is a very little talked about subject.
- Nine million men in the United States have migraines, and this is pretty serious! We need to encourage men to open up and talk about their migraines. They need to find the proper resources to improve their quality of life. The following information may be just what is needed.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Men with Migraines
Migraines have been repeatedly linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. This can happen easily with men because of the amount of physical labor or contact sports they are involved in. This places great wear and tear on their bodies. Aging also adds to the mix as it wears down the soft tissue of the spine. As men age, the tension in their neck increases. This can lead to a misaligned atlas or axis bone, the top bones of the neck, and can hinder the amount of oxygen-rich blood allowed to flow to the brain, causing migraines.
Upper cervical chiropractors use a unique method that differs from traditional chiropractors in the fact that we do not resort to popping the back or cracking the neck to get results. Rather, the method we use is based on scientific measurements, detailed imaging, and precise, gentle techniques to help the bones of the neck move back into place. By doing this, the body can heal faster and keep the bones in position for a longer period of time. We only give adjustments when necessary, so this saves you time and money down the road.
The atlas and axis bones of the neck are designed to protect the brainstem. If they misalign, which they are very susceptible to do, they can put the brainstem under pressure. This causes communication and, as mentioned, blood flow to be hindered — the very scenario for migraines to occur.
If you suffer from migraines, whether you are male or female, young or old, it is a good idea to come see us for an evaluation. You just may find yourself with fewer migraines or migraine free in a short amount of time.