Migraine

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 »

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 »

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 »

Making the most of your medical visits

It’s easy to become distracted, nervous, and unable to concentrate or think as clearly as usual during a medical appointment – especially one for a pain problem. Health care providers typically have busy schedules and may often be pressed for time. If you feel pressure during the appointment it may be difficult to stay focused… Read more »