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Ultimate Guide to Conquering Migraines

Ultimate Guide to Conquering Migraines

Ultimate Guide to Conquering Migraines

The Ultimate Guide to Conquering Migraines, a special issue from the editors of Pain-Free Living magazine, aims to educate and provide unbiased insight on the latest breakthroughs and various approaches, both pharmaceutical and holistic, to conquering migraines.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Madavor Media, LLC
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

2 min.
editor's note

While I do not suffer from migraines, I live with someone whose life is consistently affected by them. My wife’s days are classified as ‘good’ — those wonderful days free of migraine — or along a spectrum of ‘bad,’ depending on the severity of her pain. Like a baseball player attempting a multiple-game hitting streak, my wife strives for a run of migraine-free days. A number that hits double digits elicits joy, along with a dream that someday she can achieve a run reminiscent of Joe DiMaggio’s epic 56-game stretch. More than 36 million Americans live with the excruciating pain of chronic migraine. But it’s more than just the number of people dealing with this agony — it’s the impact on their lives. Countless days of work, social gatherings, and family…

2 min.
migraine: report from the front lines of a global health crisis

Migraine, like so many debilitating chronic pain disorders, is an invisible disease, but a pervasive one. The World Health Organization classifies migraine as the sixth most disabling medical illness in the world. Despite its vast and devastating reach, there remains tremendous disparity in patient access to education, treatment options, and access to headache specialists. More than 1 billion people around the globe are battling the frequent, unpredictable intrusion of crippling head pain, and their needs are profoundly underserved. The frustration and sociocultural cost of living with migraine and other severe headache disorders that are widely misunderstood cannot be overstated. These individuals are offen dismissed by friends, family, employers and even health care professionals as having just a headache—when that is simply not the case. Migraine is a disabling disease. In fact,…

8 min.
all headaches are not created equal

Most people have headaches at some point in their lives. Doctors have identified 200 different types of headaches, and the proper treatment depends on which type you have. Most headaches are relatively harmless, but some can be debilitating or may point to serious or even life-threatening underlying conditions. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to treat the most common headaches, and certain “red flags” can help you recognize when you need immediate medical attention. THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF HEADACHES TENSION HEADACHES. Tension headaches, also known as myogenic or muscle contraction headaches, are the result of tensing of the facial and neck muscles. Their underlying causes include stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and jaw clenching. Typically, the pain is constant and can be located anywhere throughout the head or neck.…

13 min.
migraine 10i overview and facts

IF you suffer from migraine headaches, you’re not alone. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly one in four U.S. households includes someone who develops migraines. Migraines affect more than 12 percent of the population, including children — more than diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma combined. And more than half of all people who have migraines are never diagnosed. A migraine is not a symptom, it is a syndrome — a collection of symptoms that arise from a common cause. A migraine headache can feel like intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and commonly is accompanied by light or sound sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. The Migraine Research Foundation states that although most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, 14 million people in the U.S. have chronic daily headaches…

6 min.
diagnosis: migraine

Ana remembers her first migraine like it was yesterday. In her early 20s, she was chronically overbooked, balancing the stress of law school with an active social life. One night, she was in a hurry to get ready to meet friends but couldn’t get her eyeliner on straight. “It was the strangest thing,” she says. “I had done it literally hundreds of times without thinking. And then I realized, I couldn’t see my eye. Actually, I couldn’t see my face.” The center of her field of vision had become a blurry pool with sparkling edges that grew larger and larger as the minutes passed. “It was terrifying, I was convinced I was going blind or having a stroke.” In a panic, she dialed 911. After taking her history, she was shocked…

8 min.
what’s behind the throbbing?

Anybody who has had migraines knows how unbearable they can be — the stop-you-in-yourtracks throbbing, the flashes of light. “Migraine is more than just a headache,” said Noah Rosen, M.D., a headache specialist who, as director of The Headache Center at Hofstra North Shore- LIJ School of Medicine, cares for patients with some of the worst migraines. Migraines — which usually last from four to 72 hours — can cause severe pain, queasiness and dizziness. The worst part for migraine sufferers is that something as simple as the weather can trigger a migraine, leaving a person unable to perform the tasks of daily living, said Rosen. Even more unnerving: The person in pain has no clue when it will abate. These beastly headaches share at least two of these common features: They are one-sided,…