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Basics You Need to Know About Headaches and Migraines

For a common condition, headaches can be quiet complex. In order to understand your specific symptoms it is helpful to understand the basics about headaches, from the anatomy and physiology of headaches to a who's who list of providers who treat headaches. Take the first step toward gaining a better idea of what you need to know about headaches.

Do Storms Trigger Headaches?
While many of us have outdoor plans for a summer weekend, rainy, cloudy weather can mean days inside with a glass of lemonade, movies, and books. This sounds relaxing and peaceful, but unfortunately, for some of us, storms can be a brutal trigger for a headache.

What is a Migraine Seizure?
A migraine seizure is an epileptic seizure that follows a migraine with aura. Learn more about migraine seizures.

Persistent Aura without Infarction
There are a number of rare complications of migraines, and Persistent Aura without Infarction (PAWI) is one of them. As the name suggests, migraine aura is a necessary feature of PAWI. Not a lot is known about PAWI, but there are a few treatments that can be used.

What is a Migrainous Infarction?
A migrainous infarction is one of the complications of migraine headaches. According to the International Headache Society, it consists of “one or more migrainous aura symptoms associated with an ischemic brain lesion in appropriate territory demonstrated by neuroimaging.” During a migraine with aura, a patient also has a stroke in the area of the brain from which the symptoms of the …

Status Migrainosus
The problem with status migrainosus is that it is one of the most painful and troublesome complications of migraine headaches. Status Migrainosus is a fancy way to say "a headache that just won’t quit." If you have a migraine that continues for more than 72 hours then you have status migrainosus. These migraines can be brought on by your typical triggers and can resemble your "typical" migraine…

Chronic Migraines (Transformed Migraines)
As the name suggests, the problem with chronic migraines is that they continue over a long period of time. The name “transformed migraine” is also used since chronic migraines can evolve (or transform) from episodic to almost daily headaches. Symptoms may be mild, but migraines can occur in addition to the daily discomfort.

Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches are common, affecting nearly 30 million people a year. According to some statistics, about 25 percent of women and almost 10 percent of men experience debilitating migraines. With so many people being affected by migraines it is worth the time to understand a little bit more about them.

Head Pain
Head pain comes in countless varieties and it can be daunting to figure out what it all means. In fact, it is probably impossible to create a foolproof listing of what pain in each location means. When it comes to primary headaches it is possible to get a good, general idea of where that pain occurs.

Children with Migraines - What's Different About Children wit…
Most children will experience at least one headache before the age of 15 so it important for parents to understand how to help children with migraines. Most of these are caused by viral illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. Children can also get typical tension-type headaches as well. About 5% to 10% grade school children will get a migraine and up to 20% of adolescents will experience one.

More Headache Triggers - More Headache Triggers to Consider
There are many migraine and headache triggers, and many of them happen to relate to food. What are the foods and practices you have noticed causing your headaches to resurface?

Headache Triggers - What Are Your Headache Triggers
Headache triggers vary widely, and no one person experiences headaches the same way as another. There are common triggers, however, and learning to anticipate problems before they start is a great way to prevent headaches. What are things that you have noticed causing problems for your headaches?

More Headache Triggers
There are many migraine and headache triggers, and many of them happen to relate to food. You are probably aware of some of these, and you may even know all of them, but be sure to read on and find out if any of these culprits are causing your problems.

Headache Triggers
Headache triggers vary widely, and no one person experiences headaches the same way as another. There are very common triggers, however, and learning to anticipate problems before they start is a great way to prevent headaches.

Caffeine and Headaches
Caffeine and headaches have long gone hand-in-hand, but it is not always clear how the two relate. On the one hand, caffeine withdrawal is a source of headache, among other symptoms; and on the other hand, it is also found in many headache relievers. So how do the two relate, and should you be using caffeine or cutting it out of your life?

Headache Warning Signs
The American Headache Society has a handy mnemonic device for remembering headache warning signs—reasons to call your doctor right away. All you have to do is remember to “SNOOP.”

What is a Headache
All headaches are not created equal, and understanding signs and symptoms of the various types of headaches will increase your ability to treat and cope with your particular condition.

Headache Causes and Diagnosis
Uptodate provides excellent information for patients. Review common causes and symptoms of headaches.

Definition and Explanation of Headaches
Headaches can vary in their signs and symptoms. Begin to understand your condition by learning more about headaches.

An Overview of Headaches
Learn more about headaches, including statistical information, from the Yale Medical Group.

Dehydration and Headaches: Is There a Relationship
Dehydration is the loss of water and electrolytes, such as sodium, chloride and potassium, which are necessary for the body to function. The main cause of dehydration is not drinking enough water to maintain healthy levels. A variety of unpleasant symptoms occur when this happens, including headaches.

Treatment Overview for Headache
Many treatments are available for headaches. Start to understand what is out there so you can determine what is right for you.

Hypoglycemia and Headaches
An article dealing with the onset of headache caused by hypoglycemia

Dealing With a Dehydration Headache
Ana article that addresses the common causes and prevention methods for dehydration headaches

Top 10 Things To Stop Doing If You Suffer From Migraines
A comprehensive list of strategies to avoid migraine triggers

When Children Have Migraines
Understanding the symptoms and causes of migraines in children

Is Sex Causing My Headaches?
An article that addresses the relationship between headaches and sex.

Understanding Alcohol Induced Headaches
An article that explains causes of alcohol-induced headaches.

Caffeine and Headaches: Part II
Is eliminating caffeine a solution to headaches

Headache Causes and Diagnosis
Uptodate provides excellent information for patients. Review common causes and symptoms of headaches.

Definition and Explanation of Headaches
Headaches can vary in their signs and symptoms. Begin to understand your condition by learning more about headaches.

An Overview of Headaches
Learn more about headaches, including statistical information, from the Yale Medical Group.

Treatment Overview for Headache
Many treatments are available for headaches. Start to understand what is out there so you can determine what is right for you.

Metabolic Syndrome and Migraines

Genes and Headaches
The majority of headaches are the result of multiple genetic and environmental factors interacting in a complicated web. While many of you work incessantly on controlling environmental factors through trigger avoidance and behavior modification, you obviously cannot change the genes you were born with. However, by studying the genes believed to be involved in headache origination, scientists can create new drugs that target these specific genes, in the hopes of treating our burdensome and debilitating headaches.

The "Why" Behind the Alarm Clock Headache
Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for cluster headaches, both preventive and abortive. Nevertheless, in order to improve therapy for cluster headaches, which scientists are always trying to do, we need to understand the cause of this excruciating primary headache disorder. One leading theory behind the “why” of the “suicide headache” involves the hypothalamus, our regulator of sleep and circadian rhythm.

Headache and Nausea

10 Headache Myths
Learn about ten common headache myths or misconceptions and be educated about headache facts.

Headache Myths

10 Facts About Tension Headaches
Learn ten interesting and basic facts about tension-type headaches.

10 Facts About Cluster Headaches
Learn ten key facts about cluster headaches.

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