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Methods of Relieving Tension Headaches

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30Mar 12

According to news reports, tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches, with millions of people suffering from them daily. They’re usually described as a tight band of pressure that wraps around the head, resulting in the loss of appetite, tenderness in the scalp, neck or shoulders, and a dull, aching pain in the head. These headaches can become a common occurrence in everyday life, so it’s important to know the many different ways you can rid yourself of them. Different headaches have different triggers, and, within those triggers, different people experience them in completely different ways. [...]

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Trends in Migraine Pain Relief

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28Mar 12

According to news sources, roughly 50 million people around the world suffer from the severe pain symptoms of migraine headaches every year. The exact causes of migraines remain unknown and seem to vary greatly between individuals; however, it is believed that migraines are the inappropriate activation of a pain warning system. The system perpetuates itself, increasing the pain as time passes. Migraines result in extended vasodilatation, where blood vessels in the brain expand and tissues surrounding the brain swell, intensifying the pain. There are many common triggers for migraines like stress, caffeine, hormonal changes, food allergies and environmental agitation, but, [...]

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How to Tell if Your Headache is a Migraine

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21Mar 12

News agencies reported that the researchers at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a three-question test to answer whether someone is suffering from a migraine or some other form of headache. The questions are: Has a headache limited your activities for a day or more in the last three months? Are you nauseated or sick to your stomach when you have a headache? Does light bother you when you have a headache? The questions are based on commonly felt symptoms of migraines, for which each person experiences in a slightly different manner and can [...]

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Chiropractic Headache Treatment Minimally Invasive

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21Mar 12

News sources reported that there are a multitude of healthcare treatment options when it comes to headaches. Many healthcare providers concur that, to make an informed decision, patients must consider the invasiveness of each treatment and understand the side effects that may be possible. Headaches can vary greatly in their intensity, from minor aches to completely debilitating migraines; however, the most common treatment remains over-the-counter (OTC) medications. But these medications can cause more harm than help if used for a prolonged period. Acetaminophen is known to result in liver toxicity over long periods of use. Aspirin and ibuprofen have been [...]

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Headache Diagnosis Essential for Accurate Treatment

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15Mar 12

News agencies reported many experts agree that to properly treat any type of chronic headache, including tension headaches and migraines, an accurate diagnosis must first be made. Only one percent of the population will never know the pain of a headache, and, for many people, they’re simply a minor inconvenience that’s quickly alleviated by a nap or over-the-counter (OTC) medication. But for roughly 45 million people across the United States, chronic headaches are a fact of life, and, for about half of them, the headaches are severe enough to constitute medical intervention. The common headache is the tension headache. About [...]

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How to Treat Severe Headaches

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9Mar 12

News sources reported that experts estimate roughly 28-million Americans, approximately 10 percent of the nation’s population, suffer from migraines and other severe chronic headaches. Even though migraine symptoms can be disabling to many people, a survey performed in 1999 revealed that only one-quarter of the patients that suffer from them go to the hospital and half of the patients have never seen a doctor for diagnosis. Here are some proven methods for beating a migraine or severe headache. According to Richard B. Lipton, MD, professor of neurology, epidemiology, and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, many people don’t [...]

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Sexual Problems May Trigger Migraines

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6Mar 12

A recent study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered that women suffering from chronic migraines and headaches also report having sexual problems as well. The study revealed that roughly 90 percent of women with migraines and tension headaches also suffer from sexual problems, with 29 percent of the women being “stressed” about their sex life. The research also suggests that migraines and tension headaches are linked to sexual pain and hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a condition that results in a reduced sex drive that causes personal distress, with women that suffer from chronic tension headaches being more [...]

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How to Self-Care for a Migraine

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5Mar 12

News sources reported that many experts agree that there are two approaches to treating a migraine, abortive and preventive. It’s important to understand how the two approaches work in order to get the best treatment. The goal of abortive treatment of a migraine is to stop the migraine immediately after it starts. Abortive medications include triptans, which specifically target serotonin. Nonprescription medications that may be used in abortive treatment include aspirin, acetaminophen, a combination of both aspirin and caffeine, and ibuprofen. If these medications fail to work, a healthcare provider experienced in the treatment of migraine will be able to [...]

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Migraines May Result in Depression for Women

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24Feb 12

A recent study from a team of researchers at the American Academy of Neurology discovered that women with a history of chronic migraines are more likely to develop symptoms of depression. According to the study’s data, women who have experienced chronic migraines have a 40 percent increased risk of developing depressive symptoms when compared to women that do not suffer from chronic migraines. The study analyzed data from 36,000 women, including both non-reporting and migraine-reporting women. Roughly 6,500 of the participating women were found to suffer or have suffered in the past from chronic migraines. After separating the women into [...]

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NICE Claims Botox Migraine Treatment Efficiency Uncertain

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22Feb 12

Media sources reported that the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) stated that there is insufficient evidence to support using Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines. Migraines are classified as severe headaches, often resulting in nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic migraines are characterized by having at least 15 headaches a month, with 8 of them being migraines. Botox was approved for use in the treatment of chronic migraines in mid-2010 in the UK. The treatment involves injecting the drug into roughly 30 different sites around the head and neck at 12-week intervals. [...]

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