Tuesday April 15, 2014
Migraine auras classically produce vision changes. But, if you have eye pain or new vision changes, like double vision, along with a headache, than you may be suffering from a number of other medical conditions. Please seek medical attention in order to have a proper evaluation. Here are just a few illnesses that can cause both headache and eye problems.
Sunday April 6, 2014
I always find it difficult to buy ice cream during the cold, dreary winter months. Now that it is the start of April, I look forward to the beauty of spring flowers, sunny days, and ice cream! As an internist, I always try to encourage healthy habits and prepare meals rich in fruits and vegetables for my husband and children. But, a little treat now and then is okay too. It's all about moderation and balance.
When indulging in your cold treat though, watch out for an ice cream headache. While unpleasant, it is does not last long.
Do you suffer from head pain when exposed to cold foods, cold water, or even cold weather? Please share your story.
Thursday April 3, 2014
If you are age 50 or older and enduring a new headache, especially if the pain is severe and located in one or more of your temples, than you might be suffering from a medical condition called Giant Cell Arteritis or GCA. This illness is a type of vasculitis, which is a rheumatologic disorder that affects blood vessels. Of course, pain in your temple could be a slew of things, so don't panic. Rather, seek medical attention if your headache is new or following a different pattern.
GCA has unique characteristic findings that if present will help your doctor make the diagnosis. Please read more about in Pain in My Temple: Could This be Giant Cell Arteritis?
Saturday March 29, 2014
Does your child or teenager suffer from dreadful migraine attacks? Are they chronic, occurring at least 15 days of the month? Treatment is tricky, since there are no FDA-approved medical therapies for children or adolescents with migraines. Studies of pediatric migraine are also lacking. Unfortunately, a migraine diagnosis is not uncommonly missed and/or undertreated in children.
A study in JAMA, published in December 2013, examined the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy with medical therapy to help treat chronic migraine in the pediatric population. I summarized the study and what it means in How Can I Help my Child with Migraines?
Do you have children who suffer from migraines? How are they being treated? Has your child ever tried cognitive-behavioral therapy?