Tag: headache

Parenting with migraine: Children, pain and disability

People with migraines may have other family members who also have migraines.  If you’re a parent with migraine it’s possible that these family members will be your children.  Parenting a child with migraine can be difficult and stressful.   You may think that having migraines yourself will make it easier for you to help your child,… Read more »

Migraine-related nausea

Contributed by: Jackie T. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009 It was a cold winter night.  I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic on my way to my chiropractor’s office with a full blown migraine headache.  I was extremely nauseous as I had had the migraine all day but was unable to get to my chiropractor… Read more »

The link between stress and migraines

Stress is the response we have to situations that demand that we focus our minds and bodies in some way. Some stress can be thrilling, such as the exhilaration of negotiating a ski trail down a steep mountain. Other stress can be unpleasant, such as the anxiety of being late for a presentation at work,… Read more »

Migraines in daughters: Parenting with emotional support

How do you parent a daughter with migraine? If you don’t have migraines yourself, you might wish that you understood better what she was going through. On the other hand, you may know all too well. Migraine tends to run in families, so if you are a mother with migraine you may have a daughter… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Using biofeedback to manage migraines

Feeling helpless and out of control is one of the side effects of migraine. You do not know when the next headache will strike or how severe it will be. Biofeedback is a treatment process that can give you back some control over both your body and your migraines. Biofeedback sessions teach you to relax… Read more »