Month: October, 2017

Migraines And Women

October 7, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Migraines And Women

Migraines occur far more frequently in women than in men. In fact, in adult women the rate of frequency is roughly fifteen to seventeen percent, whereas in men it is only about five percent.

Studies have concluded that estrogen withdrawal is a key factor in migraines related to menstrual cycles.

Twenty-five to thirty percent of all women in their 30s experience at least an occasional migraine.

Menstrual migraines generally last longer than non-menstrual migraines and often are much more difficult to treat effectively.

Sixty to seventy percent of women who suffer from migraines have menstrual-related migraine.

Ten to fourteen percent of women with migraines have them only during menstruation. These types of headaches are known as ‘true menstrual migraine’.

Premenstrual migraine may in fact be part premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the menstrual related mood disorder. Symptoms of PMS include fatigue, irritability or depression, bloating and, yes, headache.

Two-thirds of women who suffered from pre-menopausal migraines find their condition improve with physiologic menopause. On the other hand, it has been found that surgical menopause worsens migraine conditions in two-thirds of cases.

Migraine attacks usually disappear during pregnancy. At the same time, however, some women report an initial onset of migraines during the first trimester of pregnancy, with the disappearance of their headaches after the third month of pregnancy.

Treatment options for menstrual migraine

Sidenote: Hope you’re finding this useful? I have always been curious about this matter. And when I found very little quality information about it, I decided to share a part of what I’ve learned about it – which is why this article came to be written. Read on.

When choosing to treat menstrual migraines with medication, the drugs used most often are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). The NSAIDS of choice in treating menstrual migraines are:

ketoprofen (Orudis)
ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin)
fenoprofen calcium (Nalfon)
naproxen (Naprosyn)
nabumetone (Relafen)

For best results when using NSAIDs to treat migraines, usage should be started two to three days before menstrual flow actually begins and the therapy should be continued throughout the period. Gastrointestinal side effects are generally not serious enough to be considered because the therapy takes place over such a short period, no pun intended.

For patients who suffer from more severe menstrual migraines or who desire to continue taking oral contraceptives, doctors also recommend taking a NSAID. This therapy should begin l9th day of your cycle and continue through the second day of the next cycle.

Some women have found antinausea medicine and pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen sufficient enough to dull the pain. Others trust in analgesics or serotonin agonists such as Imitrex, Zomig, Amerge or Maxalt. When using medications, it is extremely important to be aware of the dangers of avoiding a repetitive pattern of medication or overuse of medication as this can cause rebound headaches.

You might also consider using an estrogen skin patch. This treatment is utilized in the days leading up to your period and may either delay or actually prevent the onset of a menstrual migraine.

Some studies have found that daily doses of magnesium may help menstrual migraines in certain women. In addition, vitamin and herbal treatments have been found to be effective. The herb feverfew or vitamin B2 when taken on a daily basis may reduce

Either the severity or the frequency of headaches, though research does not point to

menstrual migraines in particular.

Even though two-thirds of women do report improvement in their migraine condition with the onset of natural menopause, two-thirds of women report a worsening with surgical, therefore neither a hysterectomy nor an ovarian removal are recommended.

As always, you should consult your physician for a proper diagnosis before discontinuing or launching on kind of new treatment, including over-the-counter medication treatments.

Every person has a unique health profile that includes aspects specific to their physiology and family history and that may preclude them from taking certain medications.

Some final tips

There enough different migraine triggers to fill a book and keeping track of them can be a full time job. It is highly recommended that you keep a trigger diary that includes a record of foods you eat, weather conditions, medications you have taken, stressful events, menstrual activity, etc.

Also of benefit is developing a plan around your period. Reduce stress as much as possible by planning work and leisure commitments around your cycle so as to cut back on menstrual-related triggers as much as possible.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful and gained something of value from the article.

In case there is any specific portion that is not clear enough, or that you’d like to know more about, please write to let me know and I’ll try and update the article or write another one getting into greater detail.

Headaches and Botox Injections

October 5, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Headaches and Botox Injections

Most people are unaware that the use of Botox for the prevention of migraine headaches came about purely by accident. It all happened through the use of Botox by plastic surgeons. Patients undergoing plastic surgery, who were also experiencing headaches, noticed that their injections of Botox helped with their migraine headaches.

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxin (a toxin that attacks nerve cells). It was originally approved by the FDA for use in conditions where hyperactivity of muscles was an underlying problem of related health and medical conditions. The theory is that Botox weakens or paralyzes muscles by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is an ester of choline that is thought to play an important role in the transmission of nerve impulses at synapses and myoneural (muscle-nerve) junctions. By inhibiting the release of acetylcholine the nerves cannot cause a muscle contraction, thus relaxing the muscle. Botox is administered by being directly injected into the affected muscles.

There are differing theories as to how Botox works to eliminate migraine headaches, but the exact reasoning remains unclear. One theory is that muscle tension and spasms are a cause of migraines and by eliminating the muscle tension with an injection of Botox it will also eliminate the cause of the headaches. If given Botox before the headache begins it is possible to eliminate the headache before it even starts.

When muscles spasm it can irritate nerves that innervate them. When these nerves send signals to the brain in an increased amount it causes pain and possibly headaches. Botox may affect these nerve cells, inhibiting their transmission, causing a lessening of the perception of pain. Many researches think that migraine headaches are a result of inflammation of blood vessels. However, muscle tension may also play an important role in the cause of headaches.

When researchers test a medication’s effectiveness they usually test it through a double-blind study. This means that some patients are given the medication being tested while others are given a placebo. A placebo is an inactive substance, such as sugar, that is given in place of the medication that is being evaluated. Some tests have been performed that did not involve double-blind studies, but showed that Botox could prevent migraine headaches. One double-blind study involving Botox and headaches showed only a small positive effect.

Initial studies may not have shown the full effectiveness of Botox for the prevention of headaches. The injections were not placed in the typical locations of the headache pain, but in areas normally injected during plastic surgery. In subsequent studies, using larger doses and injecting into more specific localities for the headache pain, the results were improved. These tests were concerning migraine headaches. However, with tension headaches, or muscle tension headaches, the studies have shown improved results. This is to be expected due to the weakening or paralyzing nature of Botox on the muscles that are experiencing tension.

When being injected with Botox for the prevention of headaches it may take several weeks before the injection takes effect. For this reason it is usually necessary to have it injected no more often than once every 3 months or so. People that have Botox administered for the treatment of headaches typically need it injected every few months. If there is too long of an interval between injections the headaches may be experienced by the patient.

However, the question arises about the safety of these regular injections of a neurotoxin. Since 1989, when it was first used as a headache treatment, it has appeared to be fairly safe. Most migraine headache medications are taken orally and eventually end up in the blood stream. Because of this common symptoms of migraine headache medication will be dizziness and drowsiness among other symptoms. Since Botox is injected directly into the muscle tissue and does not get absorbed into the blood system as does the typical headache medicine there are fewer side effects. Most commonly, the only side effects of injecting this neurotoxin is pain in the area of injection for a couple of days or drooping of the eyelids for a few days.

Studies are still being performed on this medication and as yet the FDA has not approved it for the treatment of headaches. However, physicians do prescribe it to their patients and if you think you are a candidate to use it you should discuss it with your doctor. If you do not respond to other headache medications it may be something to talk with your physician about. As the studies continue the effects and safety issues involving this medication should become more clear.

What are Headaches

October 3, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

What are Headaches

Statistics say that headache is one of the most common illnesses experienced by people not only in the United States but also of those who are living in different parts of the world. In fact, studies also show that a large percent of people from different places are also large consumers of different painkillers—the first aid in relieving headache.

Experts say that there are different types of headache that are traced to different causes. The most popular triggers for headache are usually lifestyle-related like poor and unbalanced diet, unmanaged stress, recurrent muscle tension, and lack of regular physical activity or exercise. Aside from these, headache can also be a result of more serious disorders like brain tumor. If you are one of those who experiences headaches often, maybe it’s now time to extend your knowledge about the common illness and discover what you can do to totally eliminate headache in your life.

KNOWING HEADACHES

As defined, headache refers to the pain in any part of a person’s head. Headaches are experienced when fatigue and stress, muscular tensions, dilated blood vessels, and others stimulate the delicate nerve fibers found in the head.

Experts agree that headaches can be classified to migraine headaches which refer to the type of severe and recurrent headache that comes with painful throbbing on the temples, nausea and impaired vision; cluster headaches which are said to bear similarities to migraines only they are experienced in short durations and occur daily over weeks or months; and tension headaches that refers to the type of headache that can strike consistent location and result to contractions of the face, scalp, or neck muscles.

Headaches are also diagnosed as vascular, muscle contraction or tension, traction and inflammatory. Experts say that vascular headache refers to the involved abnormal function of the person’s vascular system or brain’s blood vessels while muscle contraction headache involve the tightening or tensing of the muscles in the person’s face and neck.

Traction and inflammatory headaches, on the other hand, are considered as symptoms of other related disorders such as infection, stroke and other serious neurological disorders.

Experts say that the treatment of headache depends largely on its cause. The most common headache treatment out there is taking over the counter medicines such as analgesics like aspirin and acetaminophen. Others suggest common headache remedies like using hot or cold compresses, exercise, enough sleep, proper die, and regular exercise to avoid recurrent headaches.

But, if your headache still doesn’t subside after doing these simple treatments, ask your healthcare provider or physician to examine you thoroughly so proper medication is given in case your headache is a result of a more complicated disorder.

Curing Headaches

October 1, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Curing Headaches

Headaches, depending on its intensity, can be so severe that it becomes debilitating. Chronic attacks of these types of headaches can result in a greatly compromised quality of life. Chronic headache attacks can cause one to miss important days from school or work and may also impede individuals from spending precious time with loved ones and can even hinder social obligations. It is very important to get the correct diagnosis for the cause of the headaches and get the proper treatment and headache cure.

In cases like these, it is extremely helpful to acquire the habit of taking note of one’s headache with the use of a headache diary. The importance of correctly diagnosing the root cause of the headache cannot be stressed enough because it is not only important to get the right treatment and cure but sometimes, headaches are symptoms of much more serious health problems.

Although headaches are pretty common and millions upon millions of individuals worldwide actually suffer from chronic to occasional headaches, there is no reason to take this lightly. There a few severe headache causes out there that are pretty common, like cluster headaches, sinus headaches and migraine. While all these are benign or are headaches that are not fatal, the chronic attacks from these produce episodes of debilitated lives and this not need be the case.

There are a number of very effective headache cures out there for even the most stubborn and severe chronic headache. More often than not, the reason why headache cures don’t work is that an individual may be taking incorrect medication.

For instance, studies have proven that countless individuals complain that sinus headache cures don’t work on them and this is clearly because most people who think they suffer from sinus headaches are actually suffering from migraine. This is why the headache cure they are taking do not work.

Taking note and logging details about your headache attacks can help you relate and recall your headaches better for proper physician diagnosis. What’s more is that a headache diary is a wonderful way for you to be able to notice patterns that you may not have noticed before.

Furthermore, keeping a headache journal can help the individual become more aware of things that are happening that he or she may not take note of if not for the headache diary. Keeping a headache diary handy is the first step to the very important headache cure and treatment because this will help you and your doctor correctly diagnose what the problem really is.