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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Can migraine headaches be triggered by a change in diet?

Can migraine headaches be triggered by a change in diet?

Yes: Before you label your headache a migraine see a physician. Migraines can be triggered by foods, stress, sleep cycles, hormones, moods, and much more. Webmd has good sources. ...Read more

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What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

Migraine Triggers: In approximately 10% of migraineurs, food can trigger an attack. These triggers include vasoactive substances such as cheese, alcohol (red wine), chocolate, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or tyramine, and aspartame, a sugar substitute used in Equal. ...Read more

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Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches? .

Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches?

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Yes, potentially: If one looks in pdr, one would think that all drugs could cause headaches, but some are more often the culprits. Watch out for female hormonal agents, medicines used for blood pressure control, items to control thyroid fnctn, some ms and anti-epileptic drugs, just to name a few. ...Read more

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How long does visual changes associated with migraine headaches last?

How long does visual changes associated with migraine headaches last?

Aura Varies: Aura are commonly visual but can involve other senses. Aura typically last 10-30 minutes and some patients never experience this stage of migraine. Migraines progress through four stages - prodrome, aura, attack & postdrome. Aura aren't the same for everyone and vary from bright flashing lights to partial vision loss. Aura typically occur before migraine but can occur concurrently with the pain. ...Read more

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Who gets migraine headaches?

Who gets migraine headaches?

Anyone: Anyone can develop migraine headaches, but they are most common in people who have a family history of migraine. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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How are migraine headaches treated?

How are migraine headaches treated?

Various ways: Some respond just to rest in a quiet place, other also with addition of ice to the head in various spots, some with pressure applied to the temples, gently to closed eyes, or to several spots in this back of the neck or head. Some to gentle pulling of the hair. Others need medication. Taking 3 excedrine when you know you are getting the migraine might abort it. Others need tryptans. ...Read more

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Can children get migraine headaches?

Can children get migraine headaches?

Yes: Prevalence of migraine is 2.5% under the age of 7, 5% from age 7 to puberty, and 10% in postpubertal girls. Migraine without aura is twice more common than the one with aura in school-age children. ...Read more

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What can one do for migraine headaches ?

What can one do for migraine headaches ?

See dr. : Most headaches not serious. However, first your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes i suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor might order imaging of brain and optic nerve exam to rule out serious conditions. ...Read more

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What can be done for migraine headaches?

What can be done for migraine headaches?

Proper diagnosis: A consultation with a board-certified neurologist and a proper diagnosis of migraines is the key to finding the best treatment for you. Medication helps for some patients, while others require nerve decompression surgery (done by plastic surgeons with training in this field) to cure them of migraines. ...Read more

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What can be done for migraine headaches?

What can be done for migraine headaches?

Proper diagnosis: Having a migraine correctly diagnosed by a neurologist is the key to successful treatment. Medications are the first line treatment, and there are many for your neurologist to choose from. Botox shots is specific trigger points is helpful in some migraineurs, and if this is effective, surgical nerve decompression may offer a permanent solution to the headaches. See a neurologist first, though. ...Read more

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What are the tests for migraine headaches?

What are the tests for migraine headaches?

Primarily History: Migraine can generally be diagnosed from history. Some historical factors may signal the need for more extensive testing such as ct, MRI or eeg. ...Read more

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How can I get relief for migraine headaches?

How can I get relief for migraine headaches?

Botox and Surgery: Long term relief of migraines can be achieved with botox. If you have a good response, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery has been shown to dramatically decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines. www.themigrainereliefcenter.com. ...Read more

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Can I use migraine headaches as a disability?

Maybe: You may be able to but should you? There are a lot of factors to going on disability. Migraine can be a challenge to overcome but most folks can with good treatment and persistance. You should be getting seen and treated by a competent physician. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop migraine headaches?

What is the best way to stop migraine headaches?

Abortive Therapy: For more severe attacks, an abortive medication such as dihydroergotamine (DHE), sumatriptan (Imitrex) or one of the newer triptan medications is often prescribed. Recent research findings suggest that the efficacy of treatment may depend more on the phase of the migraine attack at which the medication is administered rather than the specific medication. ...Read more

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What should I do relieve my migraine headaches ?

Migraine Strategy: Determine any environmental triggers and work toward eliminating them. Optimize your internal environment with good nutrition and stress reduction. Medications are effective. If you have more than 2 disabling headache days per month take a preventative medication daily (anti-convulsant, anti-hypertensive, anti-depressant) and use a triptan as needed. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of migraine headaches?

Are there different kinds of migraine headaches?

Migraine headaches: Yes. There are several different types of migrain headaches which can attack different areas of the body and cause numerous symptoms. And there are some migrain conditions that do not have headache associated with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more