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Headaches & Migraines: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Learn More About Headaches Induced by Alcohol
An article that explains causes of alcohol-induced headaches.
Headaches and Migraines - What Are Ice Pick...
Ice pick headaches are stabbing, extremely intense headaches that can be absolutely terrifying. They generally only last between five and 30 seconds. However, they come out of nowhere, can strike anywhere on the head, literally feel as if an ice pick is being stuck into your head, then disappear before you can even figure out what's happening.
Headache and Fever: Is This a Sign of Infection?
Headaches are common and usually nothing to worry about. But if you have a fever in addition to your headache, than it’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider this can be a potentially dangerous combination.
All About Ice Pick Headaches
Ice pick headaches create a sharp, jabbing sensation, often around the eyes or in the temple area
Dehydration and Headaches: Does Dehydration...
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. Severe dehydration is serious and potentially life threatening.
Is A Pinched Nerve Causing Your Headache?
Learn how a pinched nerve can cause a headache.
Headaches After Pregnancy
Headaches after Pregnancy. Headaches & Migraines.
Using Ibuprofen to Treat Headaches
Ibuprofen is one of the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) available today, and physicians have been using ibuprofen to treat headaches for years. It can be purchased over the counter, but larger doses are available by prescription. It is used to control pain and inflammation found in a variety of conditions, including migraines and headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle aches. Ibuprofen can also be used to reduce fever.
Dealing With a Dehydration Headache
Ana article that addresses the common causes and prevention methods for dehydration headaches
Orgasm, Headache and Migraine: Does the...
Orgasm & Headache/Migraine: Does the "Big O" cause or cure headaches and migraine? We've all heard the old joke, "Not tonight, dear. I have a headache." Right? Surprisingly enough, for some people, there definitely is a correlation between sexual activity and headache or migraine. For some, orgasm can bring on head pain; for others, orgasm can relieve it.
Hypoglycemia and Headaches
An article dealing with the onset of headache caused by hypoglycemia
Is Working At My Computer Causing My Headaches?
An article that outlines some of the issues surrounding computer use and headache
Retinal (Ocular) Migraines
Sometimes migraine headaches can affect the eyes, causing pain and visual changes.
Cervicogenic Headache: "A Pain in the Neck"
A cervicogenic headache is a disorder in which head pain is referred from the neck. This type of headache is typically one-sided or unilateral like a migraine, but unlike a migraine, has features involving the neck such as a reduced range of motion of the neck, and precipitation of the headache by certain neck movements.
The Phases of a Migraine
There are four main phases of a migraine headache, and knowing these phases can help you begin treatment early - before the really bad symptoms starts.
Coping with Migraine Auras
Some migraine sufferers experience migraine aura, a brain dysfunction that can result in strange sensations all over the body. Auras are generally viewed as a warning that a migraine is coming
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Can Coughing Cause a Headache?
Learn more about what a primary cough headache is and how it is different from a migraine or tension headache.
Top 10 Things To Stop Doing If You Suffer From...
A comprehensive list of strategies to avoid migraine triggers.
Is There a Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency...
Learn how vitamin D deficiency may play a role in headaches
All About Hemiplegic Migraine Headaches
If the symptoms preceding a migraine resemble those of stroke, such as dizziness, loss of motor control and one-sided paralysis, it's probably a a hemiplegic headache.
All About Sinus Headaches
In addition to the pain and pressure experienced in or around the forehead, cheeks and nose, sinus headaches may be accompanied by congestion, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, fever or sneezing.
What is a Silent Migraine?
Learn about silent migraines
How Doctors Diagnose Headache
How Doctors Diagnose Headache by Donald J. Dalessio, MD
Headaches and Migraines - Thyroid Disease Can...
Comorbid conditions can have significant impact on effective treatment of the individual disorders. Thyroid diseases, including hypothyroidism, are among the conditions now known to often be comorbid with headaches and migraines.
Diagnosing Headaches
Diagnosing headaches does not need to be a complicated matter. In order for your physician to properly diagnose your headache and prescribe an adequate treatment, it is important to relay symptoms in an orderly and logical format.
Coping With Sinus Headaches
An article on the causes, symptoms and remedies to relieve sinus headaches.
Coping with Nausea From A Migraine
Outlines coping strategies for dealing with nausea symptoms induced by migraine.
Classifying Headaches
Since headaches come in a variety of types, classifying headaches according to their various symptoms can be quite helpful. Organizing these signs and symptoms can help classify your headache and properly treat it.
Temporal Arteritis and Headaches
Temporal arteritis and headaches go together quite commonly, but the two conditions are also very different. While headache can be a symptom of temporal arteritis, being able to distinguish between the two is very important in finding the most appropriate and effective treatments.
Hemicrania Continua Headaches
Hemicrania continua is a type of severe headache that occurs on one side of the head
All About Abdominal Migraines
Abdominal migraines, or migraines in the stomach area, can cause abdominal distress, nausea and vomiting.
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.
Treatment for your Cluster Headache
Treatment for cluster headaches, includes both abortive and preventive medications, as well as some novel therapies, for those patients who are refractory to medical therapy.
Your Medical Records - Your Rights To Your...
Our medical records are the method by which our current doctors follow our health and our health care. They're also important to provide background if you need to see a specialist and to bring new doctors up-to-speed. Our medical records are the records of the people with whom we literally entrust our lives. Let's explore some of the issues regarding medical records.
Fiorinal and Fioricet for Headache and...
Fioricet, Fiorinal, Fioricet with Codeine, and Fiorinal with Codeine are medications discussed quite frequently on our forums and in our chat room. These medications are both a source of relief to some and a source of problems to others. An article by Dr. Stephen Silberstein and Dr. Douglas McCrory in the December, 2001, issue of "Headache: the Journal of Head and Face Pain" provides a great deal of information, results of clinical trials, and the answers to many of our questions.
Alcohol and Headaches
Alcohol and headaches have gone together for as long as can be remembered. Headaches are usually associated with “hangovers” and the effects of heavy drinking the day before. There are also so-called “soon-after headaches” that can appear shortly after your first drink as well.
Cocktail Headache
Learn more about the cocktail headache, also known formally as an immediate alcohol-induced headache.
Headache Humor
A headache is no laughing matter, but being able to laugh at a situation can sometimes make all the difference. Here are some headache-related jokes and humorous quotes to lighten your day. There are literally hundreds of variations on some of these jokes, but I tried to pick out the most appropriate to share here on About.com. Remember, the ability to laugh at one’s self can go a long way in promoting a healthy outlook on life.
SSDI or SSI? What are the differences and...
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. There is often confusion about which of these programs is most appropriate for an individual. Let's take a look at the basics about both programs.
All About Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are common and have many different causes, and treatments. Learn more.
Migraine Friendly Recipes
An article that features three drink recipes containing ingredients that may help soothe migraines or at least avoid common migraine dietary triggers.
Anatomy of a Migraine - The Phases of a...
When many people think “migraine” they think only of the pain of migraine. In reality, a migraine episode consists of far more. The typical migraine episode actually consists of four parts, referred to as phases or components.
How Sex May Relieve Migraine Pain
Headache-prone individuals may not not only have stronger libidos, but orgasm is a very effective pain reliever.
Barometric Pressure Chnages - Migraines Often...
Migraineurs may be able to avoid triggering the excruciating attacks by avoiding some triggers, but there's little they can do about one of the most common Migraine triggers: the weather. Half of Migraineurs were sensitive to weather variables, but most were wrong in their prediction of which climate variable was the culprit, according to findings of a recent study.
Smoking and Headaches: Another Reason to Quit,...
We all know smoking isn't good for us. There are more reasons to quit when we realize it triggers more headaches, makes them harder to manage, and makes our headache treatments less effective.
New Daily Persistent Headaches
New daily persistent headaches may not be the most painful type of chronic daily headache.
Is It Migraine? Tension? What? What IS your...
Over 90% of us will experience headache of some kind at some time in our lives. It is estimated that, in the United States, there are 100 million people who are afflicted with a chronic head pain disorder. There are over 32 million Migraineurs alone. There are different kinds of head pain, requiring differing treatments. Proper diagnosis is essential to our overall health and to obtain the best possible treatment for our head pain, whatever type it is.
When Kids Have Headaches
Kids can get headaches quite often, and usually they are harmless. Sometimes, though, a headache can signal something more serious.
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.”
Coin-Shaped Head Pain
Nummular headache is one rare type of headache that causes a coin-shaped, stabbing pain on the head. Read more about this unusual type of headache.
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Preventing Headaches
One of the most effective treatments for headache is preventing headaches before they start. Headaches can be triggered by a number of things, so understanding how to interrupt the cycle can be a huge benefit, and a wonderful way to improve your quality of life.
Migraine Aura
Many time migraine headaches are preceded by some sort of visual disturbance known as migraine auras. They usually occur anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours before the pain of a migraine starts. These symptoms typically last for anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes. There are times when the aura occurs without actual pain, and in these cases it is known as a migraine equivalent.
Headache Symptoms
Headaches symptoms can vary greatly, being as unique as the headache sufferer. There are a number of very common symptoms, though that can help you determine which type of headache you are experiencing.
Headache and Migraine Glossary: Intractable...
Headache and Migraine Glossary: Intractable Migraine
What Is Hemiplegic Migraine?
To understand Hemiplegic Migraine, we have to understand that Migraine attacks are episodic manifestations of a genetic neurological disease. Migraine can present in a variety of ways. Hemiplegic Migraine is a rare form of Migraine, made more confusing by there being two variations: Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) and Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine (SHM).
Triptan Medications
The selective serotonin receptor agonists, or “triptans,” are a class of medications that the FDA first approved in late 1992. These medications were considered “miracle” drugs for migraine sufferers as they had the purported ability to abort, or stop, a migraine headache at its earliest signs.
Migraine Prevention (Prophylaxis)
Migraine headaches can hit at any time, and treating them may not always be convenient. If you suffer from regular migraines, your health care provider may recommend preventative treatments rather than simple abortive therapies.
Exploding Eye: Cluster Headaches. The pain has...
They've caused their victims to pace the floor in agony, unable to lie down; literally bang their heads against a wall; even, on rare occasions, to commit suicide to escape the pain. They're cluster headaches -- shorter than Migraine, but often even more painful and debilitating. It's truth, not myth, that some sufferers have committed suicide to escape the pain.
Teenager Dies from Acetaminophen Overdose
On June 24, 2003, 17-year-old Kellie Lynn McWilliams was suffering with pain from a Migraine attack and turned to Tylenol for pain relief. In pain and probably tired and groggy, Kellie took approximately 20 of the 500 mg acetaminophen capsules. That translates to ingesting 10 grams of acetaminophen; tha maximum recommended within 24 hours is four grams. This led to her death.
Anatomy of a Migraine: The Phases of a Migraine...
When many people think “migraine” they think only of the pain of migraine. In reality, a migraine episode consists of far more. The typical migraine episode actually consists of four parts, referred to as phases or components. It's important to note that not every migraineur experiences all four phases. Also, episodes can vary with different phases experienced during different episodes.
What Is Pseudotumor Cerebri, aka Idiopathic...
Simply speaking, Pseudotumor Cerebri is a condition in which the body either produces too much cerebrospinal fluid pressure or doesn't absorb it well, resulting in increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure. Pseudotumor cerebri literally means "false brain tumor" because it's symptoms mimic those of brain tumors.
Headache and Nausea
Nausea can worse an already debilitating migraine attack and cause individuals to delay or avoid migraine medication by mouth. Learn more about nausea and headaches and how to treat these symptoms.
Celebrex: Headache and Migraine Drug Profiles.
Celebrex® (celecoxib): Profile of medications used today to treat Migraine disease and headaches. Potential medication interactions, potential side effects, precautions, brand names, other information.
Quiz: Match the Symptoms to the Head Pain Type;...
Quiz: Match the Symptoms to the Head Pain Type. Take this quiz to find out how what you know and learn what you don't.
Cerebral Aneurysms
A cerebral aneurysm is a “weak spot” in an artery in the brain. This weakness allows the vessel to balloon outward and fill with blood, possibly leading to pressure on a nerve or brain tissue near the aneurysm. Aneurysms can also leak or rupture, causing blood to spill into the surrounding tissue (hemorrhage). What causes them and how do they relate to headaches? c
Aromatherapy As a Complementary Therapy for...
Aromatherapy As a Complementary Therapy for Headaches and Migraine
Headache and Migraine Glossary: Parietal
Glossary of terms and abbreviations asssociated with Migraine disease, tension headaches, cluster headaches, and other head pain disorders. Also includes abbreviations used in writing prescriptions.
Headache and Migraine Glossary: Conjunctival...
Glossary of terms and abbreviations asssociated with Migraine disease, tension headaches, cluster headaches, and other head pain disorders. Also includes abbreviations used in writing prescriptions.
Sinus Headaches
Many people have what they call “sinus headaches,” but it turns out the majority of them may actually have migraine headaches instead. True sinus headaches are more uncommon, and result from an underlying condition such as sinusitis or allergies. The lining of the sinuses get inflamed and painful, and eventually they may become clogged. This blockage adds to the pressure and pain felt in the sinus.
Sinus Headaches Probably Migraines - Sinuses...
If you've tried various over-the-counter sinus medications to relieve your sinus headaches to no avail, there may be a good reason: chances are you don't have a sinus headache at all. Nearly 9 in 10 people with sinus headache symptoms likely are suffering from Migraines.
"Sinus Headache" May Be Migraine:...
"Sinus Headache" May Be Migraine: At the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (May 9, 2001), the findings of a study conducted by The Headache Care Center in Springfield, Missouri were presented.* A startling 97% of the participants, self-described sinus headache sufferers, actually had symptoms consistent with migraine attacks as defined by the criteria of the International Headache Society.
Dangerous Headaches in Pregnancy
While you don’t need to worry much about many headaches, there is such a thing as dangerous headaches in pregnancy. Migraines won’t necessarily get worse during pregnancy, and they can be treated fairly easily, but occasionally a headache can be a warning sign of more serious problems.
Dietary Supplements and Botanicals for Migraine...
In recent years, various alternative therapies have been touted for their ability to prevent or treat migraine headaches.
Headache Treatments
There are many, many headache treatment, as evidenced by the abundance of advertisements on radio and television, in magazines, and on the internet. What works well for one person may or may not work well for another, so it is a good thing there are so many choices. Here is an overview of some of the treatments being used for headaches.
Topamax for Prevention: Proper Dosage from...
Topamax for Prevention: Proper Dosage, from About Headaches and Migraine. Topamax, aka topiramate, is an anti-epilepsy medication that has been showing significant success in the prevention of Cluster Headaches and Migraine attacks. Dr. Stephen Silberstein, who is working on the clinical trials, recently advised about the appropriate dosage and taper.
Dealing With Migraine Related Depression
An article that gives advice on how to deal with migraines and associated depression
I Smell a Migraine
Learn how odor and smell can trigger a migraine or be a symptom of a migraine attack.
Roller Coaster Headache — Literally! A...
Roller Coaster Headache — Literally! A reader shares her excruciating and frustrating experience.
Ask the Clinician with Dr. John Claude Krusz...
Ask the Clinician with Dr. John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert for About Headaches and Migraine: Question and Answer #12 for 12/05/05. Answers to reader questions about headaches and Migraine disease.
Using Birth Control Pills to Prevent Menstrual...
A comprehensive article on factors that contribute to birth control use and migraines
DHE-45 Migraine Abortive - Headache and...
DHE-45 (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) injectable is for the acute treatment of Migraine with or without aura. Ergotamine preparations are non-triptan Migraine abortives. Injectable medications bypass the gastrointestinal tract, making it appropriate for patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting as a result of migraine, and who may therefore have difficulty with oral treatments.
What is Pituitary Apoplexy?
Learn about a dangerous and rare headache known as pituitary apoplexy.
Understanding Menstrual Migraine
An article that addresses the issues associated with migraines associated with the menstrual cycle and hormone changes
You Can Heal Your Life from About,com Headaches...
In "You Can Heal Your Life," Louise Hay would have us believe that the cause of all illness and injury is psychological and spiritual. She has a list of conditions and, without mentioning consulting a physician, encourages readers to heal themselves. Most books have some redeeming content, but I cannot find it here.
Coenzyme Q10 As a Migraine Preventive. About...
Migraineurs are always looking for methods to help prevent Migraine attacks. We would like to avoid medications as much as possible, and we're always concerned about the possible side effects. In a trial of coenzyme Q10, 61.3% of the patients treated had a greater than 50% reduction in number of days with Migraine. Less than 1% reported any side effects.
The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS)...
The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire was developed to measure the effect migraine headaches have on your daily function. It tries to determine how many days of your life were affected to the point that you were unable to function in a way to which you are accustomed. MIDAS takes into account the past three months when asking the questions.
The Agony of Cluster Headaches
Cluster headaches cause potent pain and can last weeks or months, often striking with such regularity that they can be predicted with pinpoint accuracy by those who endure them.
The "Why" Behind the Alarm Clock Headache
Cluster headaches also known as alarm clock headaches likely involves the hypothalamus, a brain structure that serves as our biological clock.
Headache and Migraine Drug Profiles: Acetaminop...
Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone: Facts about today's drugs used to treat migraine and other headaches
Over-the-Counter Headache Treatments
While migraines are annoying and at times disabling, treatment choices don’t have to be confusing. There are a number of treatments that are available over-the-counter (OTC). As with all headache treatments, be sure to discuss your intentions and concerns with your health care practitioner.
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.
Medication Overuse Headache: When Meds Cause...
Unfortunately, it seems that any medication we take for headache or Migraine relief has the potential to cause medication overuse headache if used more than two or three days a week. We need to learn as much about it as possible. Let’s take a look at what causes it, how to avoid it, and other important issues.
Let's Study Kids' Head Pain; Symptoms,...
Let's Study Children's Head Pain: Diagnosing Children's Head Pain. Headaches may be symptoms of other physical conditions. For that reason, it is VITAL that they be properly diagnosed promptly and correctly so that they can be treated appropriately. Children's symptoms may be different than adults'. It can be especially difficult to diagnose children because they are often unable to communicate their symptoms and needs as well as adults.
Advil or Tylenol?
Learn about which over-the-counter medication is best for treating a tension-type headache: ibuprofen or tylenol.
Head Pain at Work? Check the Lighting. About...
If you find that you have more headaches and Migraines while at work, it may be the office lighting. Traditional office lighting generally presents two potential headache and Migraine triggers: glare from overhead incandescent lighting and flicker from fluorescent lighting tubes.
Headaches and Strokes
The relationship between headaches and strokes is a fairly complex one, but a connection that is worth exploring. Experiencing “the worst headache of your life” is one reason a patient should call his or her physician right away. Why can a severe headache be dangerous? What does it signify? To answer some of these questions it may be useful to learn briefly about strokes themselves.
10 Facts About Cluster Headaches
Learn ten key facts about cluster headaches.
Serotonin Syndrome
Serotonin Syndrome is an extremely dangerous condition that is usually caused by an adverse reaction to some medication. It can be the result of medication interactions, overdose, or even therapeutic use. There are numerous drugs used to treat headaches that can cause Serotonin Syndrome so headache sufferers would be wise to learn more about this potentially life-threatening condition.
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.
All About Menstrual Migraines
Many women suffer from migraine headaches during menstruation.
Is Surgery an Option for Your Migraines?
Approximately 35 million American suffer from migraines, a debilitating neurologic condition that can negatively impact one’s quality of life both at home and in the workplace. Traditionally, treatment of migraines focuses on behavior interventions such as trigger avoidance and pharmacologic interventions, including both preventive and abortive medications. While these measures work for some individuals, others are resistant or “refractory” to these conventional methods of care. In other instances, patients may benefit from a preventive or abortive medication but the side effects outweigh their benefit. In these instances, headache specialists sometimes refer their patients to a surgeon in hopes that a surgical intervention will help relieve their patient’s suffering
"DOGgone" that Migraine
If you are a headache sufferer, do your pets have a keen ability to comfort you or even predict your migraines?
Over-the-Counter Treatments for Headaches
Although some headaches may require the firepower of a prescription drug, others respond to basic over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications, which have the advantage of being readily available and relatively inexpensive. Their use — plus the use of other interventions, depending on the type of headache you have — may help ease your pain.
Vestibular Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches that are associated with episodes of vertigo are known as vestibular migraine headaches. These are relatively uncommon, but very debilitating headaches.
Occipital Neuralgia Information Page from About...
Occipital neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder caused by irritation or injury to the occipital nerve located in the back of the scalp. Individuals with the disorder experience pain originating at the nape of the neck. The pain, often described as throbbing and migraine-like, spreads up and around the forehead and scalp.
What To Drink For a Headache
Learn about what you should drink and what you should avoid drinking when you have a headache.
Pain in My Temple
Learn about the basics of giant cell arteritis and whether your headache warrants an investigation into this diagnosis.
Tylenol Use in Headaches
Acetaminophen is likely the most commonly used pain reliever today. It has long been touted as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of pain, including headaches, whether you have migraines, tension headaches, or cluster headaches. Acetaminophen use comes with some risk, however, so understanding proper dosing and potential hazards is important. As always, discuss any medication uses or changes with your health care provider.
Did You Know . . . s.o.s. is actually an...
Did You Know . . . s.o.s. is actually an abbreviation used by doctors when writing prescriptions?
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan): Check Before You...
5-HTP is a potentially valuable dietary supplement that promotes the body's production of serotonin. For some people, it can be helpful for headache and Migraine prevention. However, it shouldn't be taken with triptans, SSRI's, or some other prescription medications. It's important to treat such supplements as you would any other drug.
Prescription Migraine Treatments
Typically, most migraine sufferers will try an over-the-counter medication first, but often they will end up needing some sort of prescription migraine treatment as well. Many of the abortive treatments available for headaches will treat not only migraines, but other headache types as well. However, there are a number of specific prescription migraine treatments available. As with all treatments for migraines, be sure to discuss questions and concerns you may have with your health care provider.
Secondary Headaches
Secondary headaches are headaches caused by some other underlying condition. Primary headaches, such as migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches, exist independently from other medical conditions, although they can certainly be affected by them. Here is a list of some medical conditions and issues that can cause secondary headaches.
Migraines, not really "headaches."...
A very common ongoing topic of discussion among Migraineurs is the dilemma of family, friends, and co-workers not understanding how debilitating Migraine can be. How do we help those closest to us understand that a Migraine isn't anything like the headaches they may have experienced, that we often can't just pop a pill and keep going? By helping them realize that Migraines are not headaches.
Keeping a Headache and Migraine Diary greatly...
One of the most helpful tools for you and your doctors is a Headache and Migraine Diary. It will be useful to track triggers, the effectiveness of medications, and any patterns to your headaches. There are many ways to do this, but for the purpose of your doctor reviewing it, printed pages are usually preferable to a bound journal. We have a diary ready for you to print our download to use on your own computer.
What Is Basilar-Type Migraine? from About...
If you've heard of this form of Migraine before, you've probably heard or seen it called Basilar Artery Migraine (BAM). A Basilar-Type Migraine is a Migraine that has aura symptoms originating from the brainstem and/or affecting both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, but with no motor weakness. It's frightening, and caution is needed in diagnosis and medications, but it's not as dangerous as it is frightening.
What is a Migraine Aura?
Your migraine experience is may be more then a one-sided, debilitating and pulsating headache. For many of you, it is also associated with a single or plethora of neurologic symptoms that can be uncomfortable and/or alarming. Let’s review the variety of neurologic symptoms one may experience during a migraine with aura.
Will Smoking Trigger a Headache?
Smoking can cause a wide variety of health issues, and headaches seem to be one of them. Nicotine in tobacco products causes blood vessels to constrict, possibly leading to vascular spasm and migraines. Smoking may also directly stimulate nerves in the back of the throat, leading to head pain.
5 Myths About Migraines
Learn about five common migraine myths or misconceptions and be educated about migraine facts.
Noni Juice: A Miracle (?) "Cure" from...
Look around online much and you'll see it: Tahitian Noni Juice is being touted to increase energy, lessen allergy symptoms, improve asthma, promote weight loss, improve arthritis and diabetes, decreasing pain (including headache and Migraien) and to lessen symptoms of cancer, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, stoke, and even AIDS.ƒTSound to good to be true? Then it probably is. If someone claims to have a "cure," exercise the utmost caution.
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?
Disability: When Migraines Stop You, Info on...
Aplying for disability beneifts is neither a simple process nor a short one. People with migraines face the additional challenge that migraine is an invisible disability with no difinitive diagnostic tests. Don't give up though. More Migraineurs are being approved, some of them on the first attempt, which is unusual for any disability application.
Primary Headaches
Primary headaches are those that exist independent from any other medical condition. This is in contrast to secondary headaches that are a result of an underlying medical issue or condition. The International Headache Society has classified over 150 different types of headaches, both primary and secondary. Here is a list of some of the more common primary headaches.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) Full Profile. from About...
Maxalt (rizatriptan) is a triptan, a Migraine abortive drug. Many people find that their Migraines stop completely after they take rizatriptan. Other people find that their Migraines are much less painful, and that they are able to go back to their normal activities even though their Migraines are not completely gone. Rizatriptan often relieves symptoms that occur together with Migraine pain, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.
Propranolol (Inderal, etc.): Headache and...
Propranolol (Inderal, etc.): Profile of medications used today to treat Migraine disease and headaches. Potential medication interactions, potential side effects, precautions, brand names, other information. Inderal is a beta blocker, originally developed for heart disease and hypertension. It is now also approved by the FDA for Migraine prevention.
When To See Your Doctor for a Headache or...
Statistically, most headaches and Migraine attacks are painful and disruptive, but not dangerous. Still, head pain can be a symptom of other conditions, some serious. Even though many of us have been told, "A Migraine never killed anyone," that's not exactly true. There are cases where Migraines cause fatal strokes and times when a headache or Migraine attack means you need to see a doctor.
Celexa: Headache and Migraine Drug Profiles.
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide): Profile of medications used today to treat Migraine disease and headaches. Potential medication interactions, potential side effects, precautions, brand names, other information.
Retinal Migraines
It is important to understand all about retinal migraines since the symptoms can be quite worrisome. In the past, some people have called them “ocular migraines,” but this is not an official headache type according to the International Headache Society. If you seem to develop visual problems with your migraines, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your health care provider to ensure you receive the help that you need.
About Headaches and Migraine: All articles in...
About Headaches and Migraine: All articles in chronologicial order.
Migraine Triggers
Certain things can trigger migraine headaches. Knowing your migraine triggers can help you possibly prevent or lessen the severity of a migraine.
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.
Types of Headaches - A Visual Description
There are four main types of headaches: migraine, cluster, sinus, and tension. Understanding the typical distribution of pain for each type can help determine what types of headaches you are experiencing. As always, discuss your symptoms with a health care professional to receive proper care and treatment. Page 2.
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) Safe During Pregnancy?
GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran) set up a registry in 1996 to gather data regarding prenatal exposure to sumatriptan. After seven years of gathering data, a report was recently presented at the 11th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHS). Although not yet conclusive, the results are encouraging.
Headaches and Migraines Quiz: Should you see...
Do you know when you should see your doctor for your headaches or Migraines? Take this quiz to see if you know when to see your doctor.
Hangover Headache
Headache is a common symptom of hangovers. Learn more about the delayed alcohol-induced headache or hangover headache and what you can do to treat it.
Using Beta Blockers to Prevent Headaches
Most of us can effectively treat a headache when it comes on, but many people are now using beta blockers to prevent headaches, as well. Typically used to treat heart-related conditions, beta blockers may also be helpful for headache sufferers.
Complications of Migraines
According to the International Headache Society’s classification of headaches, there are five separate complications of migraines: Chronic Migraine, Status Migrainosus, Persistent Aura without Infarction, Migrainous Infarction, and Migraine-triggered Seizures. Many times each of these causes worry and distress beyond the pain itself.
What is HeadOn? Does HeadOn Really Work?
HeadOn is an over-the-counter alternative remedy for headaches. It comes in a roll-on applicator that looks like an oversized tube of lip balm and is applied to the forehead. Television commercials have increased HeadOn's popularity, but what exactly is it? Does HeadOn actually help ease headaches? Learn more about HeadOn.
Migraines and Sex
Although the topic of sex and migraines have been the source of countless bad jokes, the combination is no laughing matter to individuals who actually experience sex-related headaches.
Triptans: Overview and Profiles -- About...
Triptans: Overview and Profiles. December 28, 1992, marked a new era for Migraine and Cluster sufferers. The FDA approved the first of a class of medications that many Migraineurs would come to call "miracle drugs." That drug was the injectable form of sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran), the first of the triptans. There are now seven triptans available, increasing the options for us to find at least one that will abort our Migraines and cluster headaches.
Chiari Malformation Information Page from About...
Arnold-Chiari Malformation is a condition in which the cerebellum portion of the brain protrudes into the spinal canal. It may or may not be apparent at birth.
Excedrin Migraine
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Does Migraine Surgery Work?
If you are a migraineur, who is resistant or “refractory” to conventional methods of migraine treatment, you and your headache specialist may be considering migraine surgery.Does migraine surgery work? What is the upside and downside?
Dehydration: What a Pain! from About.com...
The human body is 65% water. Simply put, dehydration occurs as the result of excessive loss of water from the body, when we lose more water than we take in. Learning to prevent and to recognize dehydration are essential. Don't let dehydration ruin your fun or make you more ill. Remember to take in as much fluid as you're losing each day.
Anatomy of a Cluster Headache from About...
For those who have experienced them, cluster headaches are the most painful headache anyone can have. The pain has been described as "boring," "tearing," or "burning." Analogies also are used, such as "a hot poker in the eye", or as if "the eye is being pushed out."ƒU Anyone who has ever had a cluster headache has no doubt what they are. It's no exaggeration to say that the pain and desperation of cluster headaches have actually led to suicides.
Magic Mushrooms or LSD for Cluster Headaches?...
Cluster headaches affect approximately 5% of the population. Research doesn't seem very plentiful, perhaps because of the relatively low prevalence. That's small comfort to the sufferers of cluster headaches. Dr. R. Andrew Sewell and Dr. John H. Halpern, Harvard researchers, are studying the effects of two substances -- psilocybin (found in certain mushrooms) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
OxyContin: The Saga Continues! Who's being...
OxyContin: The Saga Continues! Who's being hurt, and what's being done? Much has happened since I reported in February. Abuse has become wider spread; the DEA has gotten into the act; and Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, has gone to great lengths to address the problems. Information available now is more accurate, less hype. Early death figures attributed to abuse of OxyContin have now been shown to include deaths in which alcohol and other drugs were as big a factor as OxyContin.
Why and How To Buy Sunglasses from About...
Whether it's the height of summer or the depths of winter, good sunglasses are a necessity. Not only are they vital to help us avoid headaches and Migraines, but they're vital to good eye health. Be sure to shop wisely for sunglasses, then remember to wear them!
Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? About...
A study and JAMA article, "Migraine as a Risk Factor for Subclinical Brain Lesions," examine the connection between Migraine disease, brain lesions, cerebral infarction (stroke), and the frequency of Migraine attacks.

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