Q. My husband has been diagnosed with hypnic headache; however, his headaches do not awaken him. He has a headache every hour he is awake. He also has suffered from bleeding ulcers several times so cannot take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Do you have any suggestions?
Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered “probably effective” or “possibly effective.” 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
Q. Is there anyone out there who gets vacation migraines?
My world is pretty stressed. With working out of town, crazy sleep schedules, and taking care of my elderly mother-in-law, I live at a pretty high level of stress all the time. I do have chronic migraines, but I seem to get headaches when we go on vacation or at least the first part of the vacation. My husband tries to keep my stress low when we go on vacation, but I still get the headaches, even without the stress of day-to-day life. Is it because of the change in hormones at the lack of stress? Is it the drastic change that gives me the headaches? Continue Reading
Q. I get headaches whenever I lift any weight above my head or strain my shoulder muscles in any way with weight lifting. What do you recommend that I do? Continue Reading