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Reader's Mail: Narcotics can manage pain safely for a short time

Q: Years ago I was trapped in a vicious rebound headache cycle from taking narcotics almost every day. I had to endure painful withdrawal to stop those drugs. Today I am better, but I will soon need back surgery. I am scared to use narcotics again. What else can I use for pain?

Caution is warranted when headache occurs during pregnancy

Headache experienced during pregnancy or in women who have recently given birth is usually not cause for concern. But a new study suggests that in this group of women, healthcare professionals should be alert to the rarer and more severe causes of headaches, which may point to a significant underlying health condition.

Migraine attacks increase during transition to menopause

Menopausal and peri-menopausal women experience more frequent migraine attacks than women who have not yet entered that phase of life, researchers have found.

Migraine creates wide-ranging problems for adults

For many migraineurs, living with the disorder affects several aspects of their lives — from family relationships to quality of sleep. Now, studies from the United States and Canada show just how pervasive and far reaching those effects are.

In the U.S., a study of nearly 1,000 men and women with chronic migraine (headache 15 or more days per month) found that the condition impacts family relationships and activities, ranging from reduced time spent with partners and children to cancelled vacation plans.

Headache and migraine affect children's grades, quality of life

 

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Headache affects many children during their school years, and a recent study from Brazil suggests what many may suspect, that severe headache is often associated with lower quality of life and poor academic performance in that age group.

Headaches and the Holidays

It isn’t the stress of the holidays that affects me the most. In fact, I love the holidays because I get to spend time with my family. The only problem is that they live seven hours away (more if the weather is bad). So, when it comes to the holidays, it is the thought of all that traveling that does NOT leave visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.

When you live in the Upper Midwest, every drive during the winter is an adventure and this holiday season promises to be no different.

The NHF invites you, our Country’s War Veterans, Service Members, a Free One-Year Membership

To honor America’s service men and women, the National Headache Foundation will provide a free one-year membership to NHF. Learn more here… For more information about War Veterans Health Resource Initiative, please visit our War Veterans Education Module.To honor America’s service men and women, the National Headache Foundation will provide a free one-year membership to NHF.

Tell us about your life at college, and how you cope with your headaches!

As anyone that has suffered from migraines can attest to, getting things done can sometimes be impossible. So what happens when you’re a college student taking a full-load of courses, working a part-time job, and trying to have some semblance of a social life? I’ve suffered from Chronic Daily Headaches (CDH) for over 7-years now, but I can say with confidence that I am living life as a successful college Junior despite my pain. I’m not saying that my headaches are gone, and I’m not saying that the pain doesn’t ever get the best of me.

The Effects of Hallucinogens on Cluster Headaches

Hallucinogenic drugs are illegal in the U.S., but for people who have headaches so painful they’re commonly referred to as “suicide headaches,” these drugs might be the only answer. New studies from Dr. John Halpern of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School reveal that the use of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin (found in a type of mushroom) have helped many people suffering from cluster headaches, widely accepted as the most painful kind of headache.

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Headache Linked to Pollution?

Individuals suffering from headache might have a reason to start living green. A recent study from Chile reveals that increased levels of pollution in the air may contribute to headaches.

Researchers in Santiago Province, Chile studied the effects of various pollution factors including ozone, carbon monoxide, air pollutants and particulate matter associated with burning gasoline and other fossil fuels, on all types of headache.

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