Tag: migraines

Quiet your migraine!

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’ve probably been there. You have a major migraine headache and all you want to do is to cover your head with a pillow and block out all light and sound. Why is that? An abnormal sensitivity to light is described by the medical term “photophobia”, and an abnormal… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »