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Triumphing Over the Stigma of Migraines

Migraines are neither infectious nor contagious diseases that can be passed from one person to the next by sharing breathing space, much less by physical contact like sex.  But many migraine sufferers experience feelings of shame or experience stigma from their health issue from many sources including their family, friends and co-workers, even from their healthcare providers.  Fortunately, such sense…read more →

When Sleep Abnormalities Worsen Migraines and Vice Versa

In many cases, insufficient sleep can trigger a migraine attack so individuals suffering from the health issue exert the necessary effort to get the recommended amount of sleep. Experts suggest 6 hours at least and 8 hours at most of restful sleep at night – too little and too much can become the precursor for migraine that even a few…read more →

Connecting the Dots Between a Pinched Nerve and Pain in the Head

Many individuals with chronic headaches will attribute their symptoms to more common triggers like food, stress and stimuli, thus, their tendency for self-diagnosis and self-medication.  But consultations with a qualified physician are a must for these individuals because their pain in the head may be caused by a pinched nerve in their upper spine that, in turn, requires the appropriate…read more →

The Dangers of Cephalalgiaphobia

Did you know that many individuals have an irrational yet extreme fear of having a headache?  The health issue is known as cephalalgiaphobia in medical circles – truly, a mouthful to say and a handful to treat for both the patient and the physician. Cycle of Addiction  Like all phobias, cephalalgiaphobia is a psychiatric condition characterized by an intense fear…read more →

Clap of Thunder: When a Headache Requires an ER Visit

Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) – the medical term is as scary as it sounds judging from the term hemorrhage alone. There is indeed reason to be scared because it is a life-threatening medical condition often preceded by a “clap of thunder” headache that most individuals will dismiss as nothing more than a sudden and severe headache. This is certainly one that…read more →

Boosting Your Body’s Defenses Against Chronic Pain

In the United States, the abuse of painkillers is a growing problem mainly because of the “every pain has its pill” mentality. Many individuals who suffer from chronic pain are more likely to pop a pill – or perhaps two for good measure – than to analyze the habits that feed their pain, so to speak. All of these habits,…read more →

Effective Parenting Tips for Migraine Sufferers

Migraines, sadly, can attack at the most inconvenient times for parents – when you are in the thick of household chores, in the middle of a parents-teachers meeting, and in the midst of birthday party preparations, for example. Juggling parenting responsibilities can be more difficult, to say the least, because the symptoms of migraine including the severe headache, nausea, and…read more →

Hanging In There with Hangover Headache

The human body has a strange relationship with alcohol. On one hand, an individual who consumes one too many alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and cocktails will experience little to no inhibitions (i.e., display signs of uninhibited or uncharacteristic behavior), thus, the manic behavior. On the other hand, said individual will also suffer from the aftereffects of too much consumption…read more →

Anti-headache Medicine Making Your Headaches Worse?

Anti-headache Medicine Making Your Headaches Worse? For many headache sufferers especially among Americans, the natural response to counteract a headache attack is to take one or two painkillers depending on the severity of the symptoms. When the pain comes back, then the next natural response is to take yet another dose of painkillers – and so the cycle continues. Unexpected…read more →

Massage Your Headaches Away

Massage Your Headaches Away Massage has several health benefits aside from the obvious benefit of physical relaxation. Massage is also effective for a wide range of health issues including but not limited to insomnia, anxiety and headaches as well as arthritis, lower back pain and sports injury recovery. Yes, we did say headaches – truly, good news for the millions…read more →