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Dec30

The Social Stigma of Migraines

Categories // Migraines

Migraines & Social Stigma

Many people suffering health conditions know the pain of the medical disorder is only one source of frustration. Frequently coworkers, loved ones, and other individuals treat patients negatively based on the health situation. Migraine stigma – poor perception based on an individual's susceptibility to excruciating headaches – is incredibly common, as suggested by a study released in 2013.

Dec26

Migraines With Aura Can Lead To Complications for Women

Categories // Headaches, Migraines

Women with Migraine Auras

Migraine comes in two different forms: common migraine, otherwise known as migraine without aura, and classic migraine, also called migraine with aura. In the latter case, migraineurs experience a physical sensation, usually a visual aberration such as bright lights, prior to onset of an attack

Dec23

Obesity and Migraines May Be Linked

Categories // Stress Relief, Migraines

Migraines & Weight

A study published in September in the scientific journal Neurology suggested that there is a stronger connection between migraines and obesity than had previously been established. Earlier research indicated that individuals who are obese are at higher risk for regular, chronic migraines. This study aimed to determine that the same was true for migraines that occur on a more irregular basis.

Dec16

Migraines and Allergies

Categories // Headaches, Migraines

Migraines & Allergies

Those who suffer from migraines, called migraineurs, each have their own individual "triggers" that tend to precede an attack. Chocolate, caffeine, and red wine are common food triggers. Other factors can come into play as well. One example is seasonal allergies, as expressed by a study of the disorder published last month.

Dec09

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Categories // Headaches, Stress Relief

How to Beat Holiday Stress

For many migraineurs and headache sufferers, stress is a trigger of attacks. We often glamorize the holidays as joyous, carefree occasions, but we all know that they can be hectic with all the moving parts and get-togethers. We all want to be free of migraines when celebrating with friends, family, and coworkers.

Nov27

Sugar and Headaches: What’s the Connection?

Categories // Headaches

Sugar and Headaches: What’s the Connection?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a branch called the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). According to NINDS, approximately half of migraines are caused, in part, by what we eat. Sugar plays a major role in the relationship between diet and headaches. Let's look at why that is the case.

Nov25

Teens and Headaches: the Facts

Categories // Headaches

Teens and Headaches: the Facts

Many people who suffer from chronic headaches develop the health disorder as teenagers. A recent study shows strong correlations between headaches and certain lifestyle aspects. It appears that teens can make themselves much less likely to experience head pain by paying attention to these three basic activities.

Nov19

Light Headache: Migraines and Light

Categories // Headaches

Light Headache: Migraines and Light

One aspect of a migraine that sets it apart from any other type of headache is the additional symptoms that often accompany the attack. Rather than just involving pounding in the head, a migraine may be experienced alongside nausea, vomiting, and sensory sensitivities – typically to light and sound.

Nov04

Healthy Foods to Prevent Headache Symptoms

Categories // Headaches, Stress Relief

Healthy Foods to Prevent Headache Symptoms

When we discuss migraines and food, we often focus on what's dangerous for those who suffer headaches. In other words, triggers of head pain – such as alcohol, caffeine, and aged cheeses – are generally the point of focus.

Oct31

Suicide Rates and Migraine

Categories // MiRx News, Migraines

Suicide Rates and Migraine

Migraine headaches are, as we all know and as sufferers can personally attest, excruciatingly painful. Chronic pain can be incredibly frustrating, especially when it's difficult to determine viable treatments. That frustration, over time, can lead to despondency and despair. In the end, sadly, suicide may be the final decision of the migraine sufferer.

Oct21

The Effects of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Categories // Headaches, Stress Relief

The Effects of Trigeminal Neuralgia

We often cover migraine in this blog because it's such a common neurological disorder and source of pain for tens of millions of Americans. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is another form of head pain, though, that warrants discussion.

Oct21

What is the Migraine Aura

Categories // Headaches, Migraines

What is the Migraine Aura

Everyone who suffers from migraines has a lot in common. First, the pain can at times be almost unbearable. Second, sets of triggers make attacks more likely to occur (though these vary from person to person). Third, symptoms such as light sensitivity and sound sensitivity make the experience more complex than with a typical headache.

Oct19

Migraines and Light Sensitivity

Categories // Migraines

Migraines and Light Sensitivity

Migraine headaches are more complex than most typical headaches are, in three ways. For one thing, rather than just involving constriction (narrowing) of the blood vessels, dilation (widening) also occurs. For another, an aura can be involved – an anomaly in the sensory part of the brain such as seeing specks or lines that aren't there. Finally, additional symptoms beyond head pain are often present.

Oct16

How Cluster Headaches are Formed

Categories // Headaches

How Cluster Headaches are Formed

Cluster headaches get their name, as you might imagine, from the fact that the instances of headache are clustered together in a relatively short period of time.Frequently headaches are experienced multiple times in a single day. They are also usually excruciating and are often unilateral (occurring only on the left or right side); they share the latter characteristic with migraine attacks (1).

Oct14

How does the weather affect migraines?

Categories // Migraines

How does the weather affect migraines?

Tens of millions of people undergo chronic migraine headaches in the United States. A major way for those suffering from migraine to find relief is avoidance of triggers – the dietary, emotional, and environmental elements that lead to attacks. Marcia Cross, star of Desperate Housewives, found that cutting down on chocolate and red wine (1) was particularly helpful in curbing her frequency of attacks.

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