Reader’s Mail: Are Left-Sided Headaches Worse than Those on the Right?

Q. I have been a migraine and headache sufferer for many years. My migraines have always been right-sided. However, recently some have become left-sided and the pain is much worse than the right-sided migraines were. I once read somewhere that migraines are generally right-sided and that it’s a bad sign if they change to the left side.

I used to take Imitrex for migraines but can’t anymore as I have mitral valve prolapse (MVP) with regurgitation. Imitrex was the only drug that ever really helped me. I can’t take any of the other migraine drugs because of the MVP so I do my best with Fioricet. I have also been told that migraines are one of the symptoms of MVP. This I do not understand as I was diagnosed with MVP ten years ago, but have had migraines since childhood. Continue Reading



Griding teeth

Bruxism is a condition in which one grinds, clenches, or gnashes his teeth. Many people grind or clench their teeth, either by day or night, without being aware of what they are doing. This can be triggered by a dental malocclusion, stress, or worry. This muscular over-activity sometimes gives rise to muscle spasm and headache. Most often, these headaches are classified as tension-type. A dentist often can ease those symptoms by fitting a small appliance to the upper teeth, which is worn during sleep. Medications, physical therapy, biofeedback, and other stress reduction techniques sometimes are utilized.

In recent years, the growing awareness of dental causes of puzzling facial and head pain has enabled many individuals to benefit from appropriate dental treatment.