Biofeedback Shows Promise for Children with Headache

Children who frequently suffer from headache may benefit from biofeedback therapy, which a recent study showed decreased pain and headache frequency.

Biofeedback is a technique in which people attempt to control some bodily processes that normally occur involuntarily, such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and skin temperature.  For this study, researchers evaluated 132 youth, ages 8 to 18, who attended two or more biofeedback sessions between 2004 and 2008; the median number of sessions was seven. Between the first and last visit, headache frequency dropped from 3.5 to 2 headache days per month, and the median severity of pain decreased from 6.5 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Continue Reading

Preventive Medications and Behavior Management Are Better Together

The first controlled study to assess the combination of preventive drugs and behavioral techniques for hard-to-treat migraines found that using the techniques together leads to better outcomes. The study enrolled 232 people with frequent headaches that weren’t controlled by acute medicines. They were randomly assigned to receive preventive medications (a beta blocker), behavioral management, both or neither. After 16 months of follow up, the combined approach offered significant improvement in number of attacks, headache days and quality of life, compared to modest improvement in those who used only one of the techniques. Continue Reading

Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Kimberlee

I have suffered migraine headaches with severe neck pain for 36 years. I started getting headaches at age 12, and I’ve been diagnosed with migraine, cluster, tension and rebound headaches. I have tried diet, biofeedback, meditation, massage, chiropractic care, Reiki, and even Botox, which did help the headaches in the back of my neck, but insurance does not pay for the injections, and they are very expensive.

I have also tried every medication there is for the last 36 years. I am now on Fiorocet, Maxalt, Imitrex, Ultram and Vicodin. Imitrex works the best for the migraine, but you can only take so many each month, and the Fioricet helps the tension headaches, but now I’m taking them daily. When I do get rid of the headache it always seems to come right back before I go to sleep. I cannot sleep due to the pain; I have to take Ambien daily to get any sleep. I had to give up my career due to this excruciating nightmare pain. Continue Reading