Headaches and Dehydration

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About dehydration

To function correctly and remain healthy, our body requires the correct internal balance of water and electrolytes. Every day our body loses fluid and electrolytes via urine, sweat, saliva, and other bodily fluids. Usually, a normal, healthy diet will serve to replace lost electrolytes and fluid. Certain conditions such as vomiting and diarrhea, heavy sweating, or lack of food and fluid intake can lead to inadequate levels of fluid and electrolytes within our bodies. This is known as dehydration. Continue Reading


Recommended Book List

The following books have been listed and reviewed in our newsletter.

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10 Simple Solutions to Migraines: Recognize Triggers, Control Symptoms & Reclaim Your Life, by Dawn A. Marcus, MD. New Harbinger Publish, Inc.

A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary, by Andrew Levy, published by Simon & Schuster.

A Patients Handbook on Headache and Migraine, by Seymour Diamond, MD and Merle Diamond, MD, published by Handbooks in Healthcare.

All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache, by Paula Kamen. Published by DeCapo a division of Perseus Books Group,

Gotta Headache?, by Carol A. Foster, MD. Heritage Publishers, Inc.

Headache and Your Child, Seymour Diamond, MD with Amy Diamond, published by Simon & Schuster

Headache Through The Ages, by Seymour Diamond, MD, and Mary A. Franklin, published by Professional Communications.

Knock Out Headaches, by Gary E. Ruoff, MD, published by SpryPublishing, LLC.

Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches, Teri Robert, Ph.D., HarperCollins Publish

Mommy, My Head Hurts, by Sarah Cheyette, MD, published by Newmarket Press.

The Essential Patient Handbook, by Alan B. Ettinger, MD and Deborah M. Weisbrot, MD. Demos Medical Publishing.

The Headache Alternative, by Alexander Mauskop, MD, and Marietta Abrams Brill, Dell Publishing.

Understanding Migraine and Other Headaches, by Stewart J. Tepper, MD, University Press of Mississippi.

Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief, by Peter Van Houten, MD, and Rich McCord, PhD. Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Cookbooks:

Headache and Diet: Tyramine-Free Recipes, by Seymour Diamond, Diane Francis and Amy Diamond Vye. International Universities Press, Inc.

The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right to Prevent Migraines and Other Headaches, by David R. Marks, MD, Houghton Mifflin, Co.

The Migraine Cookbook: More than 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Migraine Sufferers, by Michele Sharp, Marlowe & Co.

The Migraine Gourmet: A Guide to Migraine-Free Cooking, by Jerry Rainville, Writers Club Press.

Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Headaches and Migraines: Nutrition You Can Live With, by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD.


Cluster Headache

Cluster headache refers to the characteristic grouping or clustering of attacks. Cluster headaches may also be known as histamine headache, red migraine, Horton’s headache, and cephalalgia or sphenopalatine neuralgia. The headache periods can last several weeks or months, and then disappear completely for months or years leaving considerable amounts of pain-free intervals between series. Continue Reading


Migraine

More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine. This vascular headache is most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55, and 70% to 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of migraine from their healthcare provider. Migraine is often misdiagnosed as sinus headache or tension-type headache.

Many factors can trigger migraine attacks, such as alteration of sleep-wake cycle; missing or delaying a meal; medications that cause a swelling of the blood vessels; daily or near daily use of medications designed for relieving headache attacks; bright lights, sunlight, fluorescent lights, TV and movie viewing; certain foods; and excessive noise. Stress and/or underlying depression are important trigger factors that can be diagnosed and treated adequately. Continue Reading


Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headache is caused by another illness or physical issue, making it a secondary headache. It is referred pain (pain perceived as occurring in a part of the body other than its true source) perceived in the head from a source in the neck.