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Ask the Expert: What is a migraine?

Q and A with Dr. Merle Diamond, president and managing director of Diamond Headache Clinic, and board member of the National Headache Foundation What causes headache? Headache is due to traction, pulling, or pressure on any pain-sensitive structure in the…

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Stephanie’s Story of Misdiagnosis

Have hope and be your own advocate!

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Seasonal Changes and Headache

Watch this discussion about seasonal changes and headache with NHF Board President, Dr. Vincent Martin and Lindsay Weitzel, PhD, Migraine Strategist and Migraine Science Writer.

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Patient Interview: Different Headache Types Have to be Treated Separately

Patient Interview: Different Headache Types Have to be Treated Separately

Some headache patients suffer from different forms of headaches. Each type of headache has different symptoms and should be treated in different ways. In this patient interview, Vincent Martin, MD, President of the National Headache Foundation and Director of the…

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Reader's Mail: Daily Headache May Be Migraine Variant

Reader's Mail: Daily Headache May Be Migraine Variant

Q. I feel like every afternoon around the same time I experience a burning sensation that begins at the right side of my forehead and crosses to the left side. It surrounds my eyebrows and eyelids. It’s not dissimilar from the…

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Migraine

Migraine

More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine. This vascular headache is most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55, and 70% to 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Less than half of all migraine…

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Reader's Mail: Sinus Surgery

Reader's Mail: Sinus Surgery

Q. What do you think about sinus surgery to stop the source of headaches? I underwent the surgery to stop daily headaches and was headache-free for only about six months. A. The role of sinus surgery is controversial. Most headache physicians do…

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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: New Headache May Be Related to Caffeine

Reader's Mail: New Headache May Be Related to Caffeine

Q: I have been having a mild-to-moderate throbbing pain above my ear that comes and goes. My eye bothers me, too. Two ibuprofens seem to lessen the throbbing. I do drink a lot of coffee with caffeine and am not…

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Distinguishing Sinus Headache from Migraine

Distinguishing Sinus Headache from Migraine

Although a 2008 NHF web survey determined that 23% of respondents claim to suffer from sinus headache, research concludes that that “stuffy nose and dull head pain” should may actually be migraine or another form of vascular headache. A large…

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Ask the Expert: Sinus Headaches or Migraines?

Ask the Expert: Sinus Headaches or Migraines?

This is part of our Case Studies in Headache Series which can be found in the National Headache Foundation’s newsletter, the NHF Head Lines. By Philip Bain, M.D. Wilkinson Medical Clinic Hartland, Wisconsin THE CASE C.B. is a 45-year-old female…

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The Complete Headache Chart

Allergy Headaches Symptoms: Generalized headache; nasal congestion; watery eyes Precipitating Factors: Seasonal allergens, such as pollen, molds. Allergies to food are not usually a factor. Treatment: Antihistamine medication; topical, nasal cortisone related sprays; or desensitization injections Prevention: None Learn more…

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