Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Those may not be sinus headaches

…Jane E. Brody, writing in The New York Times (Aug 8, 2006), says migraine research is constantly on-going. New discoveries are made all the time.

…If you haven’t been to a headache specialist in a while, you might want to go. Only half of those with “classic” migraines even see a doctor, even though this is a miserable condition and among the most disabling of ills.

…It’s not just headache, but nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. The person feels SICK! Diarrhea, a stuffed nose, blurry vision…all can accompany a migraine.

…6% of men and 18% of women get these. Women get them more because of their estrogen. The drop in estrogen before menstruation can set them off.

…Migraines gradually become less severe after 40.

…Docs now know migraines come from brain substances called neuroinflammatory peptides, which are released for various reasons, sensitizing nerve fibers, which then ZANG with every signal, such as pulsing blood vessels.

…Sometimes, because of the stuffy nose aspect, migraines are called sinus or tension headaches.

…One doctor took 100 people with sinus headaches. Ninety actually had migraines.

…There are medications that can stop these mid-ache almost or prevent them. People also benefit from relaxation and biofeedback techniques.

…Don’t give up. Get a valid diagnosis. If one doctor is vague or unhelpful, get another one.

…That goes for all ailments, not just headaches.

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