Friday March 7, 2014
The stress of life is omnipresent and is unique for every individual. For headache sufferers, stress can be a major trigger and has been particularly linked to tension-type headaches, also known as "stress headaches." Sometimes, it's the simple things we do in life that help our health most. Eating nutritious foods at regularly scheduled times, exercising, relaxing, and sleeping are vital activities that unfortunately often get lost or pushed to the side in our busy lives.
Let's slow down today and take care of our needs. You might even prevent that looming weekend headache.
Thursday February 27, 2014
You know that tightening, pressure-like sensation around your head that you develop when you skip breakfast or miss a good night of sleep. This is a tension headache, the most common headache type. I used to get them all the time during medical residency with my erratic hours. Usually a cup of coffee and a dose of ibuprofen cured them, but not always. Please refresh your memory on the basics of tension headache in my article 10 Facts about Tension Headaches.
Saturday February 22, 2014
I am perturbed when I hear people state "facts" about medical conditions that are just not true. It is hard sometimes to not take it personally, especially if you suffer from the very condition they are speaking so matter-of-fact about. But, then I remember that these are not spiteful comments, just poorly researched or not well thought through. I am sure I have been guilty of it myself.
Here are a few common migraine myths and headache myths. Let's talk about "evidence-based" truths and not myths or stories.
Monday February 17, 2014
Caring for a colicky baby can be a heart-racing, exhausting journey. We all want to comfort and soothe our newborns, but sometimes their crying and fussiness seem inconsolable. A recent study in JAMA shows evidence connecting migraines and colic in newborns. Please read a summary of the article in "Is There a Link Between Migraines and Colic in Babies?"
If you are a migraineur, did your parents tell you that you were colicky as a baby? Please share your story!