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Migraines – accept or fight bak

Posted by healthwyse on February 13, 2008

Migraine and Migraine Headahaches can be debilitating with symtpoms including headache, nausea, dizziness and visual phenomenon.The problem is that many people sufferring from migraines just accept them as a part of life. Others choose to fight back and take a proactive approach to migraine management.

 One of the most effective means of managing migraines is recognising your triggers. Neurologist David Buchholz of Johns Hopkins University takes his headache patients off the drugs, telling people to use the power they have in their own hands to control their headaches.

Caffeine, MSG and chocolate are commonly recogned as migraine triggers. But Buchholz’ list includes many more food products.

“Suppose there are 100 things that trigger headaches. And somebody tells you to avoid two or three of them, but you eat the other 97. You’re still going to get a headache,” says Sees.

Often food triggers don’t cause headaches immediately. The effects can be delayed for up to 2 days whoich can make it very difficult to identify the trigger in question.

One of the suggestions he makes is to avoid fresh produce containing tyramine. It’s a natural food-chemical linked to headaches. Buchholz recommends replacing onions with shallots and leeks.

Tyramine is found in a lot of healthy foods, including bananas, citrus, nuts and cheeses. Aged cheeses contain the most.

Avoding food is only start and probably won’t eliminate all of your headaches. There are a lot of triggers that people can’t control but food makes a great place to start.

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Are Migraines affecting your quality of Life?

Posted by healthwyse on February 10, 2008

THE Headache Clinic’s Quality of Life questionnaire measures the extent to which headaches affect your ability to function. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you are advised to see a health professional. Here are a few of the many questions on the list:

  • Have headaches often interfered with how well you dealt with your family, friends, and others who are close to you?
  • Have headaches often interfered with your leisure-time activities, such as reading and exercising?
  • Have you often had difficulty performing work or daily activities because of headache?
  • Do the headaches often keep you from getting as much done at work or at home?Did the headaches often limit your ability to concentrate on work or daily activities?
  • Have headaches often left you too tired to do work or daily activities?
  • Have headaches often limited the number of days you have felt energetic?
  • Have you often had to cancel work or daily activities because you had a headache?
  • Did you often need help in handling routine tasks such as everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or caring for others, when you had a headache?
  • Have you often had to stop work or daily activities to deal with headache symptoms?
  • Were you often not able to go to social activities such as parties, dinner with friends, because you had a headache?
  • Have you often felt fed up or frustrated because of your headaches?
  • Have you often felt like you were a burden on others because of your headaches?
  • Have you often been afraid of letting others down because of your headaches? For an assessment, visit www.headacheclinic.co.za
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    Migraines without a headache??

    Posted by healthwyse on February 7, 2008

    Most migraine sufferers just want the aching to go away, but Baylor College of Medicine ophthalmologists say even “painless” migraines can still pack a punch.An estimated 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience migraine without a headache. These type os Migraines are usuaally accompanied by visual disturbances.

    “People are usually surprised they can be diagnosed with migraines without ever having a headache,” said Dr. Rod Foroozan, assistant professor of ophthalmology at BCM. “Most people are used to understanding a migraine to mean pain.”

     Symptom can include  transient loss of vision, blind spots, flashing light or shadowy spots and double vision.

     Migraines without headaches are not directly related to the eyes. Instead the migraine activity occurs in the visual cortex of the brain located in the back of the skull.

    Many factors can contribute to migraine, some serious and some less so.

    One way doctors rule out sight problems is by giving a visual field test. It is a computer-based test that displays lights in different parts of the field of vision while the eye is focused on a target. When the patient sees a flash of light, he or she hits the buzzer. This lets the doctor know what areas of the eye detect the light.

    Once the correct diagnosis is given, the proper treatment can be determined to help prevent or minimize migraine side effects.

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