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Are Cleaning Supplies Triggering Your Migraines?

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on December 19, 2018

If you’ve ever stepped into an elevator that reeks of smokers who used it, or been seated beside someone who overdosed on aftershave, you’ll know how easily an overpowering scent can trigger a migraine or an allergy attack. This occurs so often that many public institutions, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are starting to ask visitors to refrain from wearing any form of scent, because so many people are affected by these.

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The Complete Guide to Avoiding Migraines During the Holiday Season

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on December 12, 2018

With the holiday season approaching at what feels like the speed of light, many people living with migraine will be happy at the idea of shopping for presents, enjoying time with loved ones, traveling to visit family, taking time off work, receiving nice gifts and enjoying festivities where tasty food and seasonal alcoholic beverages are served in generous amounts.

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Can Fasting Cause Migraines?

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on December 6, 2018

How often have you heard someone say, “I forgot to eat today?” It might seem like a silly thing to forget to eat, but it happens more often than you think. Of course, skipping meals unintentionally is quite different from intended fasting, but the end result is the same.

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Migraines in Men: Can Estrogen Play a Role?

By Migraine Relief Center on November 28, 2018

Almost 5 million people in the U.S. suffer a migraine episode at least once a month, while more than 11 million people believe migraines are the cause of disability. Women develop migraines most frequently, with 18% of all females experiencing the condition. That doesn’t mean the men escape, however, and 6% of American men have migraine episodes regularly. Interestingly, both symptoms and triggers can be different for migraines in men, who are more sensitive to light than women, but less so to...

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The Relationship Between Migraines and Sleep Habits

By Migraine Relief Center on November 28, 2018

Getting enough sleep is important for most people, but for migraine sufferers the quality of sleep can affect them as much as the quantity. Without restful sleep we’re not at our best, and we have lower resistance to health conditions.

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Are Your Phone and Computer Screens Triggering Your Migraines?

By Migraine Relief Center on November 21, 2018

Smartphones, tablets and computers are a fact of life in the 21st century, and in the first quarter of 2018 US adults spent three hours and 48 minutes a day on computers, tablets and smartphones, according to a study by market-research group Nielsen. This is a 13-minute increase from the previous quarter, and 62% of that time is spent browsing the internet and using apps on smartphones.

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A Guide to Healing Ocular Migraines

By Migraine Relief Center on November 14, 2018

One in every 200 migraine patients experiences ocular or retinal migraines that can significantly affect their vision. These attacks are often preceded by aura, which typically affects both eyes. Patients might see spots, patterns or flashes of light before a headache develops, and symptoms range from light sensitivity to temporary vision loss. The worst ocular migraines can cause temporary blindness episode lasting several minutes, although the duration is usually less than an hour.

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Tips for Preventing and Treating Barometric Migraines

By Migraine Relief Center on November 7, 2018

Remember when your grandmother would say she could feel a storm coming “in her bones?” That was based on barometric pressure, which is the term scientists give to the weight of the air pressing on the earth’s surface. This pressure triggers various physical reactions, and because it governs the air currents and weather, it can also cause migraine patients to develop headache episodes.

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Tips to Prevent the Side Effects of BOTOX® for Migraines

By Migraine Relief Center on November 1, 2018

Having BOTOX® treatments is becoming widely accepted for migraine sufferers, and for many people, it has made a world of difference to the frequency and severity of their migraine attacks. Few patients experience side effects, but for those who do, it’s possible to prevent some of the side effects if you take the right steps. Each BOTOX® treatment consists of an average of 32 injections, although some patients require fewer than this, while others need more. Depending on your symptoms, the...

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Can a Spinal Cord Injury Increase the Risk of Migraines?

By Migraine Relief Center on October 26, 2018

Migraine is the third most common disease in the world, and it affects more people than diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy combined, according to facts and figures from the Migraine Trust. While medical science is still working to understand all the causes and triggers of migraines, some sufferers report that sustaining neck and back injuries can increase the frequency of their attacks.

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