Migraines are already one of the most conditions that have the most dramatic impact on your productivity at work. With frequent attacks (often resulting in 14 or more migraine days a month), migraineurs miss 113 million days of work each year in America.

Unfortunately, even when you’re not experiencing an attack, your productivity may be suffering as a result of your migraines.

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Impact of Migraine Prevention Drugs

Unfortunately, the most common migraine prevention approach–drug therapy–can have serious side effects when it comes to your productivity. The common preventive drug topiramate, for example, can significantly depress your ability to think clearly. In fact, more than 20% of people taking topiramate may experience cognitive dysfunction. For many people, this is a transient effect related to starting on the drug. It can be countered partly by gradually increasing the dose. But for many people, the cognitive depression remains.


However, some people simply avoid thinking hard between migraines. That’s because they are afraid that thinking hard will bring on a migraine attack. So they simply decide that it’s better to not think too much when you’re not having a migraine.

This can significantly impair a person’s ability to work to their full potential. They may do slipshod work, pass tasks onto coworkers, or simply avoid challenging tasks.

Other Task Avoidance

However, thinking tasks aren’t the only work that people with migraines may avoid. Because there are many potential triggers, people with migraines may avoid many different types of work. For example, they may avoid physical exertion because this can trigger migraines. And people with stress-related migraines may avoid stressful confrontations that are sometimes necessary in a smoothly functioning workplace.

TMJ Treatment Can Help You Be More Productive

Fortunately, there are many ways that TMJ treatment can tackle your migraines to make you more productive at work. First, TMJ treatment can reduce the frequency and intensity of your attacks. This means you’ll miss fewer workdays so you can spend more time getting the job done.

And TMJ treatment is drug-free, so there will be no drug-related side effects like cognitive dysfunction. You’ll be your usual sharp self when you’re at work.

With fewer migraine attacks and better function between attacks, you’re less likely to avoid work out of fear of attacks.

Not everyone with migraines has TMJ, but there is a strong link between the conditions. If you want to learn whether your migraines will benefit from TMJ treatment, please call (248) 480-0085 today for an appointment with Detroit TMJ dentist Dr. Jeffrey S. Haddad at the Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness.