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What Top Headache Specialists Want You to Know about Headaches
Taking matters into my own hands, as most audacious New Yorkers do, I recently decided to collaborate with Med-IQ, an accredited medical education company whose goal is to improve patient outcomes through education. In my first blog post on this topic, I covered information about the diagnosis of migraine, including the difference between headache, migraine and chronic migraine. It’s been an honor and a privilege to partner with the following two neurologists in my fight against migraine headaches: Robert G. Kaniecki, MD, Chief, Headache Division & Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Stewart J. Tepper, MD, Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and practicing neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Both top neurologists shared tips on how to best prepare for an upcoming doctor’s appointment making diagnosis that much easier.
There Is No Holy Grail When It Comes To Migraines
Dr. Kaniecki and Dr. Tepper discussed how common it is for migraine sufferers to be in search of the holy grail… You know, that one thing or combination of things that will make the migraines stop. The reality is, suffering from migraine is inherited and part of the brain’s physiology. There are, however, some things they recommend for better migraine management.
Helpful Tips for Holiday Season Headache Sufferers
- Stick to your treatment plan, which should include medications and lifestyle management strategies to prevent and treat migraine.
- Avoid overuse of acute headache medication: Don’t take prescription or nonprescription medication for migraine pain on more than 10 days per month
- Keep a headache diary: Track changes in headache frequency and/or intensity as you begin or change medications
Doctors know that the inadequate control of the immediate pain of a migraine attack can lead to chronic migraine. This is because inadequate pain control can lead patients to take acute medication (treats attack once migraine has started) too often; overuse of acute medication (taking on 10 or more days per month – including over-the-counter medications) can cause headaches and is a risk factor for developing chronic migraine. Doctors also know that patients may hide the fact that they self-medicate and use over-the-counter medicines from them. This makes it difficult for doctors to understand the full picture of the patient’s health and what might be playing a role in headache frequency.
If you or someone you love is taking medication for migraine more than twice a week, encourage them to make an appointment with their doctor to discuss the right treatment plan.
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- Four Ways I Manage Stress & Prevention of Migraines
- Stay hydrated – My name is Danielle, and I am an H2O addict
- Stay active – yoga boot camp: the greatest oxymoron known to mom
- Practice breathing – the struggle is real… it’s the New Yorker in me
- Get adequate sleep – 8+ hours is the goal (aka the dream)
“Life is tough my darling, but so are you” ~ Grandma Lucy
My role during the holiday season is more than just making cannolis and searching for Buddy the Elf’s latest hangout. As a mother who believes, it is my duty to ensure that the same sparkle in my eyes peering up at that glorious tree in Rockefeller Center also sparkles in the eyes of my four greatest gifts. From hot cocoa in our ceramic Santa mugs, to seaside ice skating at The Hotel Del, the holidays are made for family, fun and traditions. As I navigate through the magnificent (and sometimes murky) waters of mothering, spousing and just being me, there’s simply no time for migraines.
I encourage you to make a difference by helping the many migraine sufferers out there. Take THIS SURVEY and be automatically entered to win one of 10 $100 VISA Gift Card! This survey will take less than ten minutes. No personal information will be kept, sold or stored, in the survey completion process. Once you complete the survey, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ten randomly selected winners will be notified on January 5, 2018. And remember, successful migraine management relies on patient education and empowerment. Ciao for now mammas!