Migraines, TMJ, and Sleep Apnea
Migraines are complicated headaches that we don’t fully understand. The pathway for migraines includes both your nerves and your blood vessels. Migraine diagnosis can be hard because migraines can be variable. However, migraines commonly cause intense, throbbing pain on one side of the head with related symptoms like:
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
Migraine can also include what is called an “aura,” a type of mild visual or auditory hallucination that precedes your pain. Migraines last from two to 72 hours, and some people experience prodrome–symptoms that warn of an impending migraine–and/or postdrome–symptoms that last after your migraine technically ends.
Migraines can be related to both TMJ and sleep apnea.
TMJ commonly triggers migraines. A key location in the migraine trigger process is the trigeminal nerve. In addition to triggering migraines, this nerve controls your jaw muscles. When jaw imbalance overloads the trigeminal nerve, it can set off migraines. In addition, branches of the trigeminal nerve weave among the jaw muscles. Sometimes tense or displaced jaw muscles can pressure these nerves, setting off migraines. TMJ treatment in Detroit can reduce the pressure and overloads that trigger migraines.
Sleep apnea doesn’t necessarily cause migraines. However, sleep disruption is a common migraine trigger. Sleep apnea leads to nightly sleep disruption that can increase the frequency of your migraines. In fact, some studies show that people with migraine headaches and sleep apnea can see their migraine frequency drop by 90% with sleep apnea treatment. In addition, the average length of their migraines drops from 22 hours to just three hours. If you have chronic migraines that aren’t responding to treatment, it’s worth it to get tested for sleep apnea. Treating sleep apnea in Detroit might be a powerful tool in controlling your migraines.