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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.

PastaQueen Runs to Benefit the National Headache Foundation

Although author Jennette Fulda had the will power to lose half her body weight, she did not have the magic power to get rid of the headache that she has had for over a year and a half.

Tired of the pain and countless treatments, Fulda, whose online alias is “PastaQueen,” decided she needed to take action.

Migraine Sufferers are More Prone to Hangovers

While a headache after a night of drinking may be fairly common for the general public, new studies indicate that hangovers may be more prevalent in migraine sufferers. Researchers at the Jefferson Headache Center developed a model to study the effects of alcohol on rats who suffer recurrent migraines, compared to rats that do not get headaches.

Hormones Help Headache

Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman’s body, but reports show that migraine pain before childbirth is unlikely. According to NHF statistics, approximately 80% of women who have migraine stop having migraine attacks from the end of the third month of pregnancy until delivery because of hormonal stability.

Though 20% of women still suffer from migraine pain during pregnancy, medication use during this time is discouraged due to potential harm to the fetus.

Children Experience Frequent Headaches

In the U.S., most children will experience at least one headache by the time they graduate high school. Approximately 20% of children age 5-17 deal with chronic headache, which means that 10.3 million kids experience head pain at least 15 days per month.

Fortunately, 95% of child sufferers do not experience headache resulting from disease or organic problems, such as a tumor, abscess or head trauma.

Depression Linked to Daily Head Pain

Though we often concentrate on the emotional signals of the disorder, depression can also cause painful physical symptoms in patients. The physical complaints of depression can include sleep disturbances, severe insomnia and early awakening, appetite changes, anorexia and rapid weight loss, a decrease in sexual activity, and chronic pain.

One of the most common physical complications of depression is headache.

Stress has a Role Headache Pain

Stress is a leading cause in tension-type headaches and is inevitable in our daily lives. Although some stress can be positive, too much can cause a negative physical impact on our bodies as well as our brains.

 

 

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Just a note of thanks to the NHF for hosting these helpful online seminars.  The recent "Fibromyalgia and Migraine" was the second Webinar I've attended, and I learned a great deal.

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