Month: July 2008

How neuroimaging is used in diagnosing migraines

Finding the right diagnosis is the first step in getting the correct treatment for your headaches. There are many possible causes of headaches, so a thorough medical evaluation is important to determine why you have headaches, and whether you have migraine or another kind of headache. Headache evaluations usually include: Gathering a personal and family… Read more »

Everything you need to know about aura

When describing a typical migraine headache, most experts will mention the “aura” that often precedes the headache. In fact, this is so common that experts consider migraine with aura as a “classic” example of this type of headache. What is migraine aura? About fifteen or twenty minutes before a migraine headache begins, you might begin… Read more »

An ancient alternative: Acupuncture and acupressure for migraine

Your migraine headache may be the result of one or more triggers, which can include eating and sleeping habits, certain foods, muscle tension, stress, medications, hormone changes and even the weather. What causes a migraine headache is different for each person. While you can stay away from some migraine triggers — such as certain foods… Read more »

“Seeing” migraines

There is one relatively rare type of migraine — called an ocular (a “one-eye” or ophthalmoplegic) migraine — that you may never have heard of, but it is worth knowing about it in case you have these symptoms one day. You might ask, “Why is this migraine different from all other migraines? The answers are… Read more »

Understanding migraine triggers

What is a migraine trigger? Many factors can cause the pain associated with migraine headaches. During a migraine, levels of chemicals in the brain go down, leading to the release of proteins, which can cause blood vessels to swell. The result is severe headache pain. Migraine “triggers” are stimuli that interact with the body and… Read more »

Can drinking alcohol cause migraines?

Migraines can be very painful and can knock you out of action. That’s why it’is important to try and find what’s causing them. Both men and women get migraines, but for unknown reasons they’re about three times more common in women. The main trigger in women is hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. These changes decrease after menopause. Many… Read more »

Pain in the wallet: Affording back pain care

Chronic back pain often not only affects your physical health but also your financial health. Medical expenses and lost wages can impact your income and lifestyle and cause more stress and worry than dealing with your health problems. It’s easy to forget this fact when you are focused on immediate medical needs, but the sooner… Read more »

Pain relief through exercise

Exercise is the last thing you want to do when you feel pain, right? Consider this: exercise may reduce pain. It gets adrenaline flowing, the endorphins kick in, and fresh oxygen is delivered to the muscle groups. All of this can do both your body and mind a world of good. If you have let your… Read more »

Too much too soon? Pacing your activities

Having back pain may limit your activities but it doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato. On the contrary, back specialists recommend doing as much physical activity as your pain allows. Too little activity weakens the muscles and reduces flexibility. Even walking a few feet or a few blocks, if that is all… Read more »

Record time: Organizing medical paperwork

No one knows your medical history better than you do. If you want to play an active role in your care you’ll find it helpful to organize your own personal medical information. You probably receive care in more than one place, or from more than one health care provider, meaning that your records are in… Read more »