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Ask the Expert: The COVID-19 Vaccination and Headache

Question: I have had an excruciating headache since getting a COVID vaccine eight hours ago. The pain starts at the base of my skull and my temples feel like they are being squeezed in a vice. How long will this…

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Mary Franklin Picks 3 With The NHF

Introducing “Pick 3 With The NHF”, an interview series where we will be asking three questions of patient advocates, healthcare providers, supporters, and people living with migraine disease and headache disorders. Mary Franklin was the Executive Director of the National…

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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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Rachel’s Invisible Pain

I decided to share “My Migraine Story” on my 44th birthday because far too many people suffer from the invisible pain of migraines and we need to share our stories so that others can understand our experiences.

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Heads UP – Episode 43: New and Emerging Migraine Therapies, Pt. 1

Dr. Timothy Smith and Dr. Lindsay Weitzel discuss new and emerging medications for migraine disease.

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Menstrual Migraine: Literature Review Indicates Most Effective Treatment

Menstrual Migraine: Literature Review Indicates Most Effective Treatment

Many women suffer from menstrual migraine attacks, which are often more debilitating, longer, more likely to recur, and less responsive to treatment than migraines not related to the menstrual cycle. Information on how best to prevent menstrual migraine is scant,…

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Migraine Patients Frequently Forgo Using Triptans

Migraine Patients Frequently Forgo Using Triptans

Triptans are first-line medications to treat acute migraine, but new research shows patients do not take them in more than 40% of their migraine attacks. Few studies have been conducted regarding how closely migraine patients follow treatment protocols.  Recently, however,…

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Reader’s Mail: How Can I Prevent Menstrual Headaches?

Reader’s Mail: How Can I Prevent Menstrual Headaches?

Q. I have been dealing with migraines that I inherited from my mother, who got them from her mother, for almost 20 years now. I lose a week of my life every month when I get my menstrual cycle. I’ve been…

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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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Reader's Mail: Postherpetic Pain Requires Skilled Medical Care

Reader's Mail: Postherpetic Pain Requires Skilled Medical Care

Q. I’m starting to notice a couple of changes with my migraines and wonder if these are common. One is that I am getting mini-cluster headaches once or twice a day, 2 or 3 days before a big migraine attack,…

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Asking Three Questions May Improve Migraine Care

Asking Three Questions May Improve Migraine Care

According to a recent study, using a screening tool that asks if a patient experiences headache disability, nausea, and sensitivity to light can help diagnose migraine and decrease opiate prescriptions. In the first phase of their research, K.C. Brennan, MD…

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Reader's Mail: Treating Chronic Daily Headache, Fibromyalgia and More

Reader's Mail: Treating Chronic Daily Headache, Fibromyalgia and More

Q. I have had chronic daily headaches and migraines with aura for years. I also have fibromyalgia, TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) disorder and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). All of these involve chronic pain. I take Relpax® for the migraines, which helps…

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