Tag: pain treatment

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »