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WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A MIGRAINE SPECIALIST?

By Migraine Relief Center on April 25, 2018

One thing most migraine sufferers know for certain is that a migraine is not “just a headache.” Even if your family or primary care physician recognizes that your headaches and other symptoms are indications of migraine attacks, they may not be fully equipped to treat and manage your condition effectively. Here’s how to determine when it’s time to see a migraine specialist, and what type of specialist to look for.

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The Guide to Combating Spring Migraines

By Migraine Relief Center on April 18, 2018
 
Seasonal changes in the weather and environment can have a devastating effect on migraine sufferers, and spring is often one of the worst culprits. The changes may be subtle shifts that don’t affect everyone, but watching out for them can be helpful for anyone trying to manage migraines preemptively. Studies show 63% of migraine patients are aware of seasonal differences in their attacks, and reported more emergency room visits for migraines during the spring. While it’s sometimes difficult...
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Tips for a Successful First Visit to Your Migraine Doctors

By Migraine Relief Center on April 11, 2018
 

Scheduling an appointment with a new doctor about your migraines can be stressful, particularly if you’ve been going to your family physician for years. You know you’ll have to go through your entire medical history, give details of your migraine attacks and answer what feels like a million personal questions. Chances are good that you’ll leave the appointment having forgotten to raise some important issues, and have to wait until the next visit to get answers.

These tips can make your...

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7 Ways to Treat Your Migraine at Work

By Migraine Relief Center on April 4, 2018

Statistics from the Migraine Research Foundation show companies in the U.S. lose more than $13 billion each year due to employee migraines, thanks to 113 million lost work days. For sufferers, developing a headache during work isn’t only inconvenient, it can be harmful to your job security and affect your income. It's crucial to find ways of treating migraines that attack at work, to reduce your absenteeism and possibly even to enable you to keep your job. Here are some strategies for managing...

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Do You Need an MRI for Migraines?

By Migraine Relief Center on March 28, 2018

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a testing procedure used all around the world to capture detailed images of tissues and organs inside the body or head. One of the uniquely-useful attributes of the MRI test is its ability to produce clear pictures of the brain, without using radio-active x-rays. The test is performed using a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to compile and distribute the images.

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Seeking Migraine Surgery: A Reading List Before You Take the Next Step

By Migraine Relief Center on March 21, 2018

For centuries reading has been both an escape and an education. Just because some of it takes place electronically now doesn’t change that, and if you’re considering migraine surgery it’s important to gather as much information as possible before you take the next step. We’ve put together a list of great resources and summaries for you to digest as you plan the future of your treatment.

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How to Pay for Migraine Treatments

By Migraine Relief Center on March 14, 2018

Nobody wants their health to be held hostage to finances, but the fact is migraine treatments can be costly. Millions of Americans currently don’t have health insurance, while millions of others have inadequate insurance or exclusions based on pre-existing conditions. Often, it’s worth it to find a way to pay for treatments, because reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks can enable a patient to return to the workforce and make a significant difference in their family’s...

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What Questions Should You Ask During your First Migraine Surgery Consult?

By Migraine Relief Center on March 7, 2018

So you’ve tried everything without success, and your migraine attacks have reached the point you simply can’t handle them any longer. Your physician has suggested you consider migraine surgery, but it’s a big step and you aren’t sure it carries enough benefit to make it worth the risk. Scheduling a surgery consult is your first step towards a new reality, but it’s essential you get answers to all your concerns during the appointment, so you can decide whether to proceed or not.

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Can Your Migraines Get Better?

By Migraine Relief Center on February 28, 2018

Finding a cure for migraines is the dream of 37 million Americans who suffer regularly from these painful headaches. As one of humankind’s oldest afflictions, it dates back to the ancient Egyptians and 1200 BC. In 400 BC Hippocrates described migraine with aura and first recorded the relief sufferers could feel after vomiting. It took another 600 years, however, before Aretaeus of Cappadocia described the typical one-sided headache pain of a migraine, in tandem with vomiting and blocks of...

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Handling Migraine Induced Nausea

By Migraine Relief Center on February 21, 2018

Nausea and vomiting are very common during a migraine attack, with studies showing close to three-quarters of patients experience vomiting and almost 95% feel nauseous. One reason for this is that while a migraine attack begins in the brain, it causes changes in the brain stem and affects the central nervous system, too. Neurologists believe this could be the source of the headache pain, as well as the sensitivity to light and sound often experienced during an attack. Nausea is also a side...

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