Month: July 2008

Migraines at menopause

Hormones and migraines Changes in hormone levels occur throughout the course of a woman’s life, associated with the onset of menstruation, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. These hormone level changes frequently are accompanied by changes in the patterns and frequency of migraines. The sexual hormones, primarily estrogen and progesterone, often play a key… Read more »

Clinical trials: What you need to know

A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to answer health questions. The research study is performed on human volunteers. This article explains some basics of clinical trials and gives you the pros and cons of participating. There are several types of clinical trials Treatment trials, test possible new treatments, including medications Prevention… Read more »

Talking to your children about migraines

Many parents worry about what and how much to tell their children when they are in pain. Some people think they are protecting their children by avoiding the subject. But children are very observant and usually sense when a parent is not feeling well. When you don’t tell them about your pain, they may feel… Read more »

How to be informed and evaluate treatment risks

At your visit with your healthcare provider, a new medicine is prescribed for you. You talk with your friend, who says that you should worry about the long-term effects of the medicines you take. She recommends an herbal supplement. Then you hear of two people who took the medication; it helped one person, but the… Read more »

Back at work: Managing pain on the job

Work is a big part of our lives. When chronic pain and work coincide, there are consequences. Sometimes the consequences of a chronic pain condition lead to choosing another line of work, or stopping work altogether. However, a study published by the Harris Allen Group found that 29% of employees work with ongoing problems with… Read more »

Hypoglycemia and migraines

Very often people who get frequent headaches are labeled as having migraines. Sometimes they are migraines, and sometimes, they are not. One common cause of frequent headaches is hypoglycemia. Has this ever happened to you? You’ve had a busy day, running around trying to complete many chores and keep important appointments, and it is now… Read more »

Holistic migraine treatment

If you are getting frustrated because your migraine headaches have not responded to treatment, you are not alone. Half of all people with migraines decide to stop seeking care for their headaches partly because they are dissatisfied with the treatment. But before you go that route and decide to simply live with the pain, consider… Read more »

When you need a specialist

When is a headache not “just a headache”? When is a headache more than a minor annoyance you can handle yourself, without consulting with your primary health care provider? And if you do ask for help, and the treatments suggested don’t work, when should you consider seeing a headache specialist? Headaches can be the sign… Read more »

Transformed migraines

Sometimes people who experience occasional migraine headaches begin to have them more frequently, perhaps as often as every single day. While this is not common, chronic migraine headaches are very distressing, and even can be disabling, because they are so persistent. These chronic, throbbing, vascular headaches are also known as “transformed” migraines because they are… Read more »

More than a migraine?

For many people, migraine headaches do not happen in a vacuum. You might notice other changes in your body — including problems sleeping, widespread joint or muscle pain (as in fibromyalgia), high blood pressure, or even feelings of sadness, hopelessness or depression. Experts don’t really know whether migraine is the cause of or an effect… Read more »