Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be presenting at the 2019 Mindd Forum on a series of topics including Migraines.

Dr Mumper is president and CEO of The RIMLAND Center, a practice devoted to the care of children with neurodevelopmental problems. As the Medical Director of the Autism Research Institute for five years, an international lecturer, mentor, author and academic publisher of five peer-reviewed articles in medical literature, she is incredibly knowledgeable and well researched on childhood neurology.

Dr Mumper’s MasterClass at the Mindd Forum 2019 will focus on  “How ages and stages affect migraines.”

Migraine Incidence

Migraines are a common neurological problem that Dr Elizabeth Mumper sees not only in adults but her child patients too. In America, migraine headaches affect up to 12% of the general population. In Australia, 6% of the population (1.2 million people)  reported suffering from migraines.
Children and adolescent boys are affected more commonly before puberty, whereas girls are affected more commonly after. Migraine headaches are a substantial global burden for children and adolescents as they lead to many days absent from school and reduced academic performance.

Symptoms of a Migraine

Common symptoms of a migraine are a throbbing headache, usually on just one side of the head, impaired eyesight, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light. While migraines are not a life-threatening condition, the pain is often described as severe and commonly ends with a trip to the emergency department for stronger pain relief.

Migraine Triggers

The impact of migraines on day-to-day functioning is substantial, hence the need for effective treatment and understanding of identifying triggers. Dr Elizabeth Mumper will run through some of the less common triggers to which that you or your children may be exposed. A better understanding of triggers, treatment and the genes associated with migraine development may help reduce the severity of symptoms as well as the frequency, there, Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be covering the genes associated with migraine development in depth.

Typical and Atypical Migraine Triggers

There are some common triggers of migraines:

  • stress
  • heat
  • dehydration
  • fatigue and
  • caffeine

However,  a large percentage of the people suffering from migraines are not able to detect a pattern in their cause and, therefore, need to delve deeper into what their specific causations may be.
Some less common triggers:

  • over-exertion
  • skipping meals
  • alcohol
  • humidity
  • motion sickness
  • strong smells
  • hormonal triggers or
  • environmental weather triggers

Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be covering more of the atypical triggers of migraines in her MasterClass.

Treating Migraines with Functional Medicine

Although there is a strong genetic component to migraine headaches, there are still certain lifestyle and dietary choices that can significantly impact the duration, severity, and frequency of a migraine attack. So migraines may not need to be a regular part of life.

Ensuring that treatment is holistic and individualized is a crucial consideration when treating migraine headaches. For some, their trigger may be menstruation, and for others, it may be their diet.

There are multiple ways in which natural therapies have been shown to be effective:

  • Increasing essential fatty acids in the diet
  • Increasing overall intake of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Increasing magnesium-rich foods and
  • Eliminating foods that may contribute to inflammation

Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be covering these dietary and lifestyle interventions in great detail, as well as discussing preventative measures that can be taken.

What practitioners will learn from Dr Mumper’s MasterClass “How Ages and Stages Affect Migraines” to apply to their own practice:

  • How children’s ages and stages of development modify the way migraines present
  • The genes associated with migraine development
  • Recognizing the atypical ways migraines may present in infants and children
  • Identify potential migraine triggers
  • Choose effective strategies to abort migraine headaches
  • Develop strategies for decision making about migraine prophylaxis.

Be sure to attend Dr Mumper’s other Masterclass lectures below:

  • Alopecia, Vitiligo & Cutaneous Mastocytosis
  • Unlocking the Allergic Triad (Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Eczema)
  • Why Cerebral Folate Deficiency & Folate Antibodies are Important
  • ASIA (Autoimmunity Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants)
  • Autoimmunity

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5496823/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11554952
  3. Year Book Australia 2012. Statistics ABo. Canberra, Australia 2012
  4. https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-triggers/
  5. https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-migraine/
  6. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/june/managing-childhood-migraine/