By Bill Kray
If you have ever had debilitating sharp, pounding or throbbing pain on one side of the head, you are at least moderately acquainted with what a migraine feels like. You may also realize the ineffectiveness of typical over-the-counter pain relievers. During such episodes, you likely wish to huddle up in a dark, quiet room, hoping to fall asleep and awaken refreshed, like it was just a bad dream.
Unfortunately, many people wake up to the same agony. The living nightmare becomes a thorn to bear throughout daily chores. Unsurprisingly, they may visit one or more neurologists. Following the obligatory MRI, they receive a prescription for something stronger than what's available at the drug store. In time, they build a tolerance. So a different prescription is received. The cycle may continue until none of the prescriptions are effective. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, migraines can occur at any time and may be exacerbated by the following triggers:
- Certain foods
- Strong smells
- Teeth grinding at night
- Weather changes
- Lack of sleep
- Schedule changes
Migraines are nothing new. Unfortunately, people have been plagued by them for centuries. You might have heightened respect current remedies, despite their limited effectiveness, when you compare an ancient method of dealing with this malady.
Sufferers were willing to undergo trephination. Yes, their skulls were bored with an instrument called a trephine in order to relieve cranial pressure. Cave paintings indicate that people believed the practice would cure epileptic seizures, migraines, and mental disorders. As you might imagine, it did little more than disfigure the shape of one's head.
Trepanning (also trephanning) for different purposes finds use in modern medicine such as eye surgery. Drilling a hole through a fingernail or toenail to relieve a subungual hematoma is also known as trephination. But you can find solace in the fact that skull trapanning for migraines was discontinued long ago. Find out about modern procedures by scheduling an appointment with your medical provider who may also have the poster entitled Migraines and Headaches available in our online store.