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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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Any home remedies for relief from migraine headache? Any diet plan?please let me know. Also, what to do while a spell of migraine is going on

Any home remedies for relief from migraine headache? Any diet plan?please let me know. Also, what to do while a spell of migraine is going on

Migraine rx: For home relief of a migraine headache, try some caffeine (coffee or tea) and ibuprofen 200-400 mg at the time of headache onset. For frequent migraine headaches, consider using magnesium oxide 500 mg daily to prevent headaches. ...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 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 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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What causes the vision distortions with migraine headaches?

What causes the vision distortions with migraine headaches?

Spreading depression: We believe that migraine proceeds from the back of brain forwards with a neuronal inhibition starting over the occipital lobe, and mediated by changes in the brain stem, especially locus ceruleus. The visual process is not retinal, but brain mediated, and the term is called "spreading depression of leao". ...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 about my situation because of my migraine headaches?

What should I do about my situation because of my migraine headaches?

Consider Botox: You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches. If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better. ...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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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine (Definition)

A head pain which is usually recurrent, and often in variable locations and severity, associated with few or all the following symptoms; fear of light, fear of sound, nausea, vomiting, bright or dark spots floating in front of eyes, tingling and numbness of one side of face or body. All ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

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 ...Read more