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Why Do You Wake Up With a Migraine?

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on March 20, 2019

As if suffering from chronic migraines wasn’t enough, professional basketball player Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat sometimes wakes up with a migraine. As a professional athlete, Wade carefully manages his diet, exercise and sleep habits to maintain peak performance, but he still wakes up with a migraine some mornings. When that happens, the team knows he will not be on the active roster.

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Can You Get Social Security Disability Payments for Your Migraines?

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on January 30, 2019

The Job Accommodation Network estimates that 157 million workdays are lost in the U.S. annually due to migraines. However, the Social Security Administration does not list migraines as a disability. That doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for benefits, but it does mean you need to be ready to produce documentation supporting your claim, and be willing to appeal if denied.

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Is Hypoglycemia Causing Your Migraines?

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on January 16, 2019

Your body runs on glucose. You break down the carbohydrates you eat into glucose for your cells to use for energy. You can probably guess what happens when there is not enough glucose in your system.

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How to Use Reflexology for Migraines

By Mark Khorsandi, D.O. on January 9, 2019

The history of reflexology, or the use of pressure points on the hands, feet, and other areas of the body to treat illness is relatively short in the United States but has been used for millennia throughout Asia. In combination with herbal remedies and conventional medicine, reflexology for migraines can provide effective treatment.

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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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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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