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