Dr. Jason Slagel

Migraines and Back Pain Are Not Inherited

There is a misconception out there that certain conditions like migraines and back pain are passed down in a family. Some things I’ve heard people say are, “Everybody in my family has a bad back!” or “Migraines just run in my family.” Well, I am here to tell you that migraines and back pain are not passed down, they are not hereditary, and they are not in any genes. I am going to explain to you where they come from.

Hormesis

The concept of hormesis is this: too little of something is bad, too much of something is bad and the appropriate amount is good. So, it seems like, yeah, of course, but let’s put it in context with a few things with health.

Obesity

Some people try to blame their pain on their obesity. In some cases this is true, but what I have seen in practice is that this is far less true than you would think. I recently had a lady patient who is over 400 lbs and she had low back pain that was excruciating especially when she worked since she was on her feet all day. She was worried that she would not be able to work and not be able to pay her rent and take care of herself. After a couple weeks of care, she was pain-free and has been pain-free for about 7 months without losing any weight.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition where there is excruciating shooting pain in someone’s face. This pain has many triggers and can be set off by even the smallest things such as a gentle brush against the face or jaw movement. If you have ever gotten something stuck in your eye you have experienced Trigeminal Nerve pain. The same nerve that causes all that hurting and scratching and intense irritation in your eye is the same nerve involved in Trigeminal Neuralgia.