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Chewing Gum is Often the Culprit for Migraine Headaches in Teens

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Posted in Medicine on 21st Dec, 2013 12:51 AM by AlexMuller

Teenagers are notorious for chewing a lot of gum. The lip smacking, bubble popping, discarded gum stuck to the sole give teachers and parents a headache.

 
Now, Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University-affiliated Meir Medical Center has found that gum-chewing teenagers, and younger children as well, are giving themselves headaches too. His findings, published in Pediatric Neurology, could help treat countless cases of migraine and tension headaches in adolescents without the need for additional testing or medication.
 
"Out of our 30 patients, 26 reported significant improvement, and 19 had complete headache resolution," said Dr. Watemberg. "Twenty of the improved patients later agreed to go back to chewing gum, and all of them reported an immediate relapse of symptoms."

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-21
+2
What a simple resolution for a big problem of headache and migraine - it was great to find the link with chewing gum. If we can have such simple answer and remedy for other medical problems, we will have great improvements Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-21
+0
It seems it all started with a simple observation that in many cases, when patients stopped chewing gum at Dr Watemberg's suggestion, they got substantially better. He then took a more statistical approach. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-21
+1
Some previous studies linked gum chewing to headaches. One study suggested that gum chewing causes stress to the temporomandibular joint, the place where the jaw meets the skull. This is likely happening when children and teenagers chew gum excessively- we have the explanation Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-29
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