Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Needs Improved Diagnosis and Treatment

Cyclic vomiting syndrome, or CVS, is a disorder marked by recurrent and severe episodes of vomiting and is believed to be related to migraine. It is frequently misdiagnosed, and B.U.K. Li, MD, a professor of pediatrics (gastroenterology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, provided insights into its diagnosis and treatment at the Annual Academy of Pediatrics conference in October in San Diego. Continue Reading

Black Mamba Venom May Provide Pain Relief

While News to Know reports this month that Dutch researchers have found that simply drinking more water may improve headache, French researchers have looked further for answers to pain relief. They believe they have found some in the black mamba snake.

The venom of this snake, considered to be one of the deadliest in the world, contains molecules that researchers Sylvie Diochot and Anne Baron of the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris, France, say may relieve pain as effectively as morphine, but without the troubling side effects of narcotic medications, such as addiction, headache and vomiting. Continue Reading

Reader’s Mail: Help Is Available for Chronic Daily Migraine

Q. My adult daughter has had a headache for six months. It never goes away, no matter what she takes. Her primary doctor gave her a prescription for a limited number of Vicodin®, which dulls the pain a little, and she takes a muscle relaxant.

She had her first migraine with aura at age 20 and until this year only got a migraine about twice a year. I thought she got off easy compared to her oldest sister, who suffered from severe migraine all through high school, and her other sister who outgrew cyclic vomiting syndrome. My daughter has had all the tests you can imagine and is seeing a neurologist who diagnosed her with chronic daily migraine. He says the next step is to start Topamax® and increase by increments, up to 200 mg. I’m concerned because she previously tried Topamax, up to 50 mg, but experienced tingling in her hands and nausea. My daughter’s quality of life is suffering and we are desperate to obtain relief for her. Do you have any advice? Continue Reading

Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – J. Tom

Since I was a child I remember getting “sick headaches.” We would go out and play baseball on a sunny Saturday morning and then I would spend that afternoon and night in my room with a cold rag on my head silently suffering. My mother had headaches all of her life with terrible nausea, but thankfully, I never had the nausea. As I grew into young adulthood, I realized the patterns and triggers in my headaches so I was able to control them to a degree. They were manageable, but never gone. Continue Reading