Maggie's Story

Maggie’s Story

A life with migraines

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Headfirst Newsletter October 2020 Cover

October 2020 HEADFIRST Newsletter

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Unusual Symptoms Warrant Prompt Medical Attention

Unusual Symptoms Warrant Prompt Medical Attention

Q. I had a migraine yesterday morning and took my medication to get rid of it. It got rid of my pounding pain, but about 2 hours later a portion of the right side of my face became numb. Within another…

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Rare Form of Migraine Sidelines Notre Dame Linebacker

Rare Form of Migraine Sidelines Notre Dame Linebacker

A rare and severe form of migraine was in the spotlight recently when Danny Spond, a Notre Dame linebacker, had to stop playing football after struggling with hemiplegic migraine for the last year. Spond hopes to continue as a linebacker…

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Reader's Mail: Suggestions for Hemiplegic Migraine

Reader's Mail: Suggestions for Hemiplegic Migraine

Managing Hemiplegic Migraine Q. My daughter has had hemiplegic migraines since she was eight. I am devastated for her as it is really debilitating. Do you have any suggestions? A. Hemiplegic migraine is a rare form of migraine that is…

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Reader's Mail: Are Headaches Hereditary?

Reader's Mail: Are Headaches Hereditary?

Q. During the summer months, I get lots of migraines because of the drop in barometric pressure. Can this be hereditary? My daughter also suffers with headaches. A. Yes, migraine headache has a genetic predisposition. It does often run in…

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Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Janice

Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Janice

I have suffered Basilar Artery Migraines which I was diagnosed with, but after reading articles from The National Headache Foundation I believe that I should be diagnosed with Hemiplegic migraine. Although I still do not totally fall into this category….

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Reader's Mail: Afraid to Use Narcotics Because of Rebound Headache Cycle

Reader's Mail: Afraid to Use Narcotics Because of Rebound Headache Cycle

Q. Years ago I was trapped in a vicious rebound headache cycle from taking narcotics almost every day. I had to endure painful withdrawals to stop those drugs. Today I am better, but I will soon need back surgery. I am…

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Case Studies in Headache: Hemiplegic Migraine

Case Studies in Headache: Hemiplegic Migraine

By Anne Walling, M.D. Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita THE CASE Al was a very healthy 28-year-old lawyer. The only indication of a potential health problem was a history of migraine in…

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Experts Answer Your Questions III: New Warnings on Imitrex

Experts Answer Your Questions III: New Warnings on Imitrex

New Warning on Imitrex Q. I’ve been a National Headache Foundation subscriber for many years and a sufferer for over 40 years. When Imitrex (sumatriptan) was available it was a miracle for me. I have taken Imitrex for many years,…

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Case Studies Issue: Hemiplegic Migraine

Case Studies Issue: Hemiplegic Migraine

Hemiplegic Migraine: An Unusual Type of Migraine With Aura By Jonathan Gladstone, M.D. FRCPC, Gladstone Headache Clinic Toronto, Canada THE CASE Since she was 13, Terri has been experiencing migraine without aura approximately 1-2 times per month. Terri, who is…

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Reader's Mail: Hypertension and Headache

Reader's Mail: Hypertension and Headache

Q. I was diagnosed with migraine syndrome after a hospital admission with aura, inability to speak and blood pressure of 200/99. Until this experience I was a person who had never had blood pressure above 120. That was three years…

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