4 foods that could trigger migraines
When you suffer from the agony of chronic migraines, chances are you’ll try a lot of things to get rid of the pain. Taking preventative measures and recognizing potential triggers is a good place to start.
Did you know there is a possibility that the food you are eating could be part of the problem. Research has found that certain foods make some people more prone to migraine pain. Some foods contain a compound known as tyramine, a substance that has been shown to cause spikes in high blood pressure in certain individuals. It has also been connected to migraines, suggesting a constriction of the blood vessels could be part of the problem.
Foods that contain tyramine include:
- Preserved meats
- Aged cheese
- Overripe bananas
- Red wine
If you are prone to migraines, take a look at your diet. Steer clear of these foods, and drinks, and see if it makes a difference. If you still battle migraines, even with great care with your diet, you may need to consider other sources for your pain. TMJ could be the problem.
Can TMJ cause migraines?
If you are dealing with migraines and can’t figure out why, another place to take a look is at your jaw. When the temporomandibular joint, the connection between the upper and lower jaw, is out of balance, strained, or inflamed, it can cause a long list of symptoms.
A sore jaw, clicking noise when you chew or a jaw that locks are telltale signs of a TMJ disorder. Pain can also radiate to your ears, throat, neck, shoulders, head or face, resulting in a TMJ headache.
How are TMJ and migraines related?
When your jaw is strained it can affect the delicate balance of nerves, muscles, and bones that make up the tempormandibular joint. This in turn can cause pain to bloom. With such close proximity to the head, it’s no surprise that pain in the jaw joint can transfer to headaches.
Can TMJ dental treatment options help you?
Through physical examination, the use of medical imagery, and other diagnostic tools, it is possible to identify a TMJ disorder. With the right TMJ treatment options, you can improve the function of your jaw.
If you would like to learn more about TMJ and if it could be the cause of your migraines, please schedule an evaluation.
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