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HeadWay, Issue #101 -- Finding Treatment for a Constant Headache
November 24, 2012
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In this month's issue:
Finding Treatment for a Constant Headache
Migraine Research - You Can Help!
Say what?! Hemicrania simplex
Congratulations to Jackie, who was the first to respond last month with ideas for HeadWay! Jackie received a $20 amazon gift certificate. Congratulations also to the winners of the LipiGesic-M giveaway - if you haven't sent me your address yet, do it now to claim your prize.
Remember, we'll still be giving away a migraine cookbook to someone who shares their recipe here. And there are more giveaways on the way!
Finding Treatment for a Constant HeadacheSo you basically have headache all the time. How in the world do you find good treatment for a condition like that?
First, you need to know that there are many different conditions in which patients have a headache more or less all the time. Each condition calls for a very different treatment. For example, there's new daily persistent headache, and so-called rebound headache or medication overuse headache. There's also chronic migraine. Be sure you see a specialist - don't just assume it's "normal" or just something you "have to live with".
Just because you have a headache all the time doesn't mean it's always the same. It's very important to use a headache diary when you have constant headache.
Dr. George Nissan gives some suggestions (in a video recently posted) regarding how to keep a headache diary with constant headache. Here are some of his ideas with embellishments of my own:
Finally, keep an open mind when it comes to treating constant headache. Treatments may include lifestyle changes, vitamin supplements, drugs, physiotherapy, and more. Sometimes you'll have to lessen the symptoms before they go away completely. Take the time to investigate your symptoms and the available treatments.
Migraine Research - You Can Help!Do you want to help with migraine research? Did you know that there are ways you can help the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) - without spending a dime?
That's right! As you do your shopping this year, check out some of these options:
Say what?! Hemicrania simplexHemecrania simplex is an outdated term that was once used to describe migraine without aura. Migraine without aura is migraine that does not include as a symptom aura symptoms. Symptoms do include a headache that lasts from several hours to several days. It's often a one sided pulsating pain, accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to light or noise.
Thanks for reading! Remember, if you have feedback or ideas for future issues, visit the HeadWay MailRoom. Your password is nomoache.
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