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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Overview)

Migraine headaches is also known as Migraine. Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They can last several hours.


Dr. James Marx
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What are the tests for migraine headaches?

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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Overview)

Migraine headaches is also known as Migraine. Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They can last several hours.


Dr. SG Erman
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I have had migraine headaches for years. My last 3 headaches have come with facial numbness and dizziness, a new symptom for me. Is this normal or should I be alarmed?

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I have had migraine headaches for years. My last 3 headaches have come with facial numbness and dizziness, a new symptom for me. Is this normal or should I be alarmed?

Alarmed no: If these new symtoms resolved, there is no need for panic, but you should let your physican know of the change. It may mean you need an exam and testing to make sure there is nothing else going on. ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Tip)

Managing Migraines

Do get regular sleep and manage stress. Don't use opiods, eat foods known to worsen migraines. ...See more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep diary of when you get the migraine
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Keep track of migraines' duration and severity, plus other symptoms
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Consider that a TMJ/TMD issue may be causing migraines
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Watch for grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and clenching during day
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How can I relieve the symptoms of migraine headaches?

Dr. Paul Reynolds
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Lots: See a neurologist or pain medicine md with headache treatment experience. The latest research indicates that overuse of either triptans or opiates is associated strongly with changing the headaches from now and again to more frequent problems. So, try to get some help with non-drig treatment! ...Read more

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Is there anyway a person can be definitively diagnosed as having migraine headaches, or is it based just on empirical evidence?

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Is there anyway a person can be definitively diagnosed as having migraine headaches, or is it based just on empirical evidence?

Mostly by history: Migraine headaches are generally diagnosed by clinical history and a negative evaluation for other causes. Unfortunately, there is no specific test for them. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See your doctor
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Watch for food reactions
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See a dentist about your headaches
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Dr. Julian Bragg
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Can botox injections help people suffering from chronic migraines? Hello. I'm a female in my mid-twenties and have suffered from migraine headaches for as long as i can remember. I've been to several neurologist and undergone several test to determine the

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Can botox injections help people suffering from chronic migraines? Hello. I'm a female in my mid-twenties and have suffered from migraine headaches for as long as i can remember. I've been to several neurologist and undergone several test to determine the

Yes, if you qualify: Botox has been fda approved for chronic migraine, and I have seen it work very well for a number of patients. That being said, the criteria for getting the treatment are quite stringent- i would follow up with a neurologist who offers the treatment to see if you meet those criteria and, if not, what other options are available to you. ...Read more

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Can you have migraine headaches but have no eye pain?

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Can you have migraine headaches but have no eye pain?
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What causes migraine headaches?

Dr. Michael Ham
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine (Definition)

A migraine is a type of headache that may cause symptoms of throbbing pain on one side of the head, ...Read more


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