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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 »

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 »