Study: Botox Provides Modest Relief From Migraines.

Study: Botox Provides Modest Relief From Migraines.

Published Mon 29th Aug 2016 Bloomberg News By Nicole Ostrow on April 24, 2012 Allergan Inc. (AGN) (AGN)’s wrinkle treatment Botox, approved in the U.S. for preventing chronic migraines, provides only modest relief for patients with the headaches, an analysis of previous studies showed. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Botox had no benefit for those with episodic migraines that occur less than 15 times a month,…

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Migraine headaches and sleep disturbances in children.

Migraine headaches and sleep disturbances in children.

Posted Mon 29th Aug 2016 A study by Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.has investigated the prevalence and nature of sleep disturbances in children with migraine headaches. A relationship between migraine headaches and sleep disturbances has been suggested in both children and adults, but there is a lack of research examining the relationship between specific headache features and the range of sleep behaviors in children.The study found that the frequency and duration of migraine headaches predicted…

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Migraines: Six common foods to avoid

Migraines: Six common foods to avoid

Posted Mon 29th Aug 2016 Six common foods to avoid: It is important to know what foods can lead to a headache so that you can avoid them. The following foods & drinks have a recorded instance of causing migraines: alcohol (29-35%), caffeine (14%), cheese (9-18%) and MSG (12%). [1]Tyramine is a naturally occurring substance that has been linked to migraines. It can be found in aged cheese, smoked fish, processed meat, fermented food, food…

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Anti-Depressants: can they help?

Anti-Depressants: can they help?

  ANTIDEPRESSANTS-CAN THEY HELP? Posted Mon 29th Aug 2016 Some antidepressants are prescribed by doctors to reduce the frequency and severity of some types of headaches, including migraines. Some of these drugs are not just limited to Depression. Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, are considered more effective because they influence serotonin levels and other chemicals in your brain. Evidence for other classes of antidepressants is limited. Side effects of antidepressants vary from person to person, and…

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Tension Headache

Tension Headache

Tension Headache Tension headache has been defined by the Ad Hoc Committee on classification of headache as an “ache or sensation of tightness, pressure, or constriction, widely varied in intensity, frequency and duration: long lasting and commonly suboccipital (base of skull at the back), associated with sustained contraction of skeletal muscles, usually as part of the individual’s reaction during life stress”. Other descriptions of Tension headache include ‘hatband’ tightness around the head and ‘a weight…

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Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual Migraines Migraine attacks occurring in women during menstruation are often more severe than attacks occurring at other times. The fluctuation in hormonal levels during the menstrual cycle and especially prior to menstruation is believed to make the sufferer more susceptible at that time. Some researchers report an ‘oestrogen priming’ effect during a womens normal menstrual cycle whereby the sudden drop in oestrogen prior to menstruation precipitates a withdrawal response leading to migraine. These theories…

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Exercise helps prevent Migraine

Exercise helps prevent Migraine

According to Researchers and the American Headache society, regular moderate exercise is beneficial in preventing Headache and Migraine frequency in most sufferers. This is thought to be due to the effects of exercise in releasing endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), reducing blood pressure and improving the body’s resilience and physiologic control. It is essential howvever to gently warm up before exercise and ensure youve had a small meal 1-2 hours prior to commencing your workout….

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Latest Migraine Treatments

Latest Migraine Treatments

Latest Migraine Treatments. A number of new treatments have become available in recent years, including painkilling drugs and botox, which the Food and Drug Administration has approved for treating people who have migraines at least 15 days a month. In March 2014, the FDA also approved a nerve-stimulating headband, the so-called Cephaly device to treat migraines. The majority of health experts agree that the best way to combat migraines is to identify the unique combination…

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Muscular trigger points

Muscular trigger points

Muscular Trigger points are a common source of pain around the head, neck and shoulders and can often be found in association with headaches and migraines. These tender points can refer and radiate pain, and usually arise as a consequence of poor muscular function due to bad postures or repetitive strain. A diagnosis from a healthcare expert can often lead to simple solutions for relief and prevention. See the relevant sections for more information. See…

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Headaches and serious causes

Headaches and serious causes

A recent outbreak of meningococci in Australia highlighted the need for accurate diagnosis in such life threatening cases. One of the first presenting symptoms is often sudden or recent onset of headpain, usually in conjunction with neck stiffness, intolerance to light, feeling tired or unwell. Other symptoms can include a sudden appearance of a skin rash. Note that any combination of these symptoms can occur (not necessarily all of them), and in such cases immediate…

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