Reader's Mail: Consult Specialist for Continuous Headache

Reader's Mail: Consult Specialist for Continuous Headache

Q. My husband has been diagnosed with hypnic headache; however, his headaches do not awaken him. He has a headache every hour he is awake. He also has suffered from bleeding ulcers several times so cannot take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications….

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Study Determines Most Effective Migraine Medications

Study Determines Most Effective Migraine Medications

Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered “probably effective” or…

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Trust Hormone May Provide Migraine Relief

Trust Hormone May Provide Migraine Relief

Relief for people who suffer from chronic migraine may be derived from the hormone oxytocin, according to information presented at the International Headache Congress during June in Boston. In the study of 40 participants, those who received an intranasal dose…

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"Let Down" Headache Can Arise From Many Causes

"Let Down" Headache Can Arise From Many Causes

Q. Is there anyone out there who gets vacation migraines? My world is pretty stressed. With working out of town, crazy sleep schedules, and taking care of my elderly mother-in-law, I live at a pretty high level of stress all…

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Reader's Mail: Exertional Headaches Require Professional Evaluation

Reader's Mail: Exertional Headaches Require Professional Evaluation

Q. I get headaches whenever I lift any weight above my head or strain my shoulder muscles in any way with weight lifting. What do you recommend that I do? A. Your headaches likely represent exertional headaches. These headaches are typically throbbing…

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Reader’s Mail: Seek Professional Help for Change in Headache Patterns

Reader’s Mail: Seek Professional Help for Change in Headache Patterns

Q. I have had migraines for more than 30 years and am successfully managing with them with abortives. Until recently they were mainly without aura, but lately I have been getting several auras a week, but without a headache. Can…

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Travel on Airplanes Brings Painful Headaches

Travel on Airplanes Brings Painful Headaches

Researchers from two hospitals in Italy have been studying what they call “airplane headache” (AH) and recommend that the disorder be included in the next update to the International Headache Society classification. Such a move, the authors say, would bring…

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Reader's Mail: Headaches Return after Taking Triptan

Reader's Mail: Headaches Return after Taking Triptan

Q. I have had a kidney removed due to cancer. Consequently, I’ve been told to avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and other pain relievers that are metabolized through the kidneys so as to not stress the remaining kidney. Acetaminophen no longer…

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Headache Treatment Is Up, But Not with Best Medicines

Headache Treatment Is Up, But Not with Best Medicines

While more people are being treated for migraine and severe headaches than ever before, many of them are not getting appropriate medications for their condition. According to a study that assessed trends in prescribing medications, more opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs…

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Headache Treatments May Trigger Gastroesophageal Reflux

Headache Treatments May Trigger Gastroesophageal Reflux

Migraineurs often suffer from additional health problems (called comorbid conditions) and these can include gastrointestinal disorders. One recent study found that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common among migraine patients. It also found that those patients frequently take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory…

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Reader's Mail: Discontinuation of Migranal Is a Myth

Reader's Mail: Discontinuation of Migranal Is a Myth

Q. Migranal has been close to a miracle for me since I began using it. It relieved every one of my migraines within minutes, every time, and I had no side effects. Now I’m told that Migranal has been discontinued…

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Indocin® – Indomethacin

Indocin® – Indomethacin

Indomethacin (Indocin®) is an analgesic. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are commonly referred to as NSAIDS. Other NSAIDS are also used as analgesics. Indomethacin can be used as a pain reliever or analgesic. It can also…

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