Q. I’m starting to notice a couple of changes with my migraines and wonder if these are common. One is that I am getting mini-cluster headaches once or twice a day, 2 or 3 days before a big migraine attack, and the other is nausea with no migraine pain. I typically get the nausea after the migraine pain has begun, but is it possible it can switch? Continue Reading
Nausea frequently accompanies migraine, but until recently little has been known how it may affect the progression of the disorder.
Now, researchers say, a large study has shown that compared to migraineurs who experience little or no nausea, migraineurs with frequent, persistent nausea were twice as likely to progress from experiencing episodic migraine (migraine less than 15 days per month) to having chronic migraine (migraine 15 or more days per month). Continue Reading
Relief for people who suffer from chronic migraine may be derived from the hormone oxytocin, according to information presented at the International Headache Congress during June in Boston.
In the study of 40 participants, those who received an intranasal dose of oxytocin reported significant pain relief from 2 to 4 hours later. Sixty-four percent who were treated with the hormone reported a substantial decrease in pain compared to 27% of those who received a placebo. Continue Reading
In a recent study, acupressure wrist bands were effective in relieving migraine-related nausea, one of the most disabling symptoms associated with this headache disorder.
Researchers in Germany evaluated Sea-Band acupressure bands in 41 migraineurs who had experienced migraine attacks for an average of 26 years. The average intensity of pain was 7.1 on a 0 to 10 scale, and the average level of nausea was 6.2. Continue Reading
Q. I’ve had chronic daily headaches for more than four years. I just cannot get relief. I have tension headaches that typically start at the same time each day. Recently, I’ve been having more and more nausea and visual problems. I fear I may have rebound headache from using ibuprofen nearly daily for so long.
I would like to know if there is an invasive but guaranteed method for eliminating head pain so I can have my life back. I’m doing a trial with an implant in my forehead, but I haven’t gotten the results I was hoping for. I am now hoping my doctor will allow me to try again with an occipital area implant. Continue Reading