We all have heard of growing pains, but it looks like many teens are facing a different kind of pain, and are mostly being left untreated. A recent study headed by Robert A. Nicholson, the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Mercy Clinic Headache Center & Mercy Health Research in St. Louis took a look at young people suffering from migraine headings and found that many children and teens weren’t getting treatment. When they did get treatment, it wasn’t based on the scientific evidence for effective migraine treatment.
The study looked at 38,926 unique patients presenting to 1,617 unique service providers of which 57% of the patients were female, 78% were Caucasian, and were an average age of around 12. It was found that 17,911 (or 46%) were not prescribed or recommended any medication and 32,659 (84%) were not prescribed or recommended evidence-based medication. It is important to note that those who were actually diagnosed with migraine headaches were more likely to receive evidence-based medication than those who were undiagnosed.
I’m frankly a little upset about these numbers. Anyone who suffers from migraines know that the pain can be unbearable, even crippling, and being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with a migraine hampering interaction with friends and family.
While medication can work well, it is clear that people are not being diagnosed enough. The problem could be that the cause of the migraines is not being clearly identified. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is also a leading cause for migraines, and may go undiagnosed unless you visit a TMJ dentist. In addition to this, most TMJ suffers are women, and TMJ usually develops during your teenage years.
Many people look back on their youth with fondness. Do not let migraines rob your child of these fantastic formative years. If you suspect that your teenager’s migraines may be linked to TMJ please call Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane at [lct_tel_link phone=”(509)-532-1111″] or Spokane Valley at [lct_tel_link phone=”509-927-2273″].