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May 12, 2013

Dentist says he has relief for migraines without medicine

By BRIAN SMITH

Members of one out of four households, including one out of 10 children in America suffer from migraines. A Weatherford dentist says there’s a way to get complete relief without medicine.

Dr. Fred Potter, with Bowie Drive Dental Care, is offering a free seminar “Relieving migraines without medicine” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Central Christian Church on South Main Street in Weatherford.

Potter, a Weatherford High graduate, said that taking medicines may actually exacerbate the problem.

“People will take Advil or another type of pain reliever and they will get some relief temporarily,” Potter said. “It won’t completely solve the problem and can actually lead to rebound headaches which are worse than the actual migraines themselves. People take more medication which becomes less and less effective.”

More than $2.5 billion is spent in treating migraines every year in the U.S. If you add in the indirect cost of missed time at work or “just getting through the day,” the cost can rise to as much as $13.5 billion in lost revenue to employers, Potter said.

It’s no wonder the World Health Organization lists migraines as one of the top 20 debilitating health conditions in the world, Potter said. Women are three times as likely as men to have migraines. Women between the ages of 45-50 who have migraines along with a visual aura, or a blinding flash of light, are almost four times as likely to have a stroke.

Potter, who has suffered from migraines in the past, has done extensive research on the subject and found there are more than 100 medications that supposedly relieve migraines in children but none of them have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

While researching how widespread the problem is, he found a hospital in Arizona that is treating migraines in children with Botox. He said there are no studies on the long-term effects of Botox in kids.

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