As I’ve mentioned before, the onset of menopause causes a woman’s body to change. We think of the ending of our period, but changes in hormonal balance can cause havoc as well. Two new studies have recently been published that focus on women who go through early menopause and potential health issues that may arise for them.
In a study published in the June 11 issue of Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that early menopause may be associated with increased risks of suffering a brain aneurysm.
First, let me provide some more background information on brain aneurysms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Health defined a cerebral aneurism as “a weak area of a blood vessel that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out.” There are many types of aneurysms. For instance, one type does not offer any symptoms, but can be found through an MRI or CT scan. Others ...
Full Question: Just wondered if any studies have been done to determine if depression can be a cause of migraines? I have experienced mild depression for the last 15 years during which time I also developed an increase in headaches. These were diagnosed as migraines about 8 years ago. However, I've also gone through menopause during the last 8 years, which has not changed the frequency or severity of my headaches. Thanks, Marge . Answer: Dear Marge; Depression is not the cause of Migraines, nor does depression trigger Migraines. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. Currently, the best information we have on the cause of Migraines is overactive neurons in the brains of Migraineurs. When a Migraineur encounters their physical Migraine triggers, those neurons fire in a wave across the brain, creating a chain reaction that’s responsible for the symptoms of the Migraine attack. It is well established, however that Migraine and depression are often comorbid c...
Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, from tension headaches caused by excessive stress or even excitement to the devastating pain of cluster headaches to debilitating and recurrent migraine headaches . Headaches have one thing in common. They make you miserable.
What causes headaches ? As mentioned above, stress is one cause. Allergies , sinusitis , head colds can all bring on a headache. Some medications also can cause headaches.
Another cause of headaches is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It's also the most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, weight gain, impotency and, yes, headaches.
If you awaken in the morning feeling unrested, and if your throat is dry or sore, or, if you wake most mornings suffering from a dull headache that's hard to shake, then you may be a victim of sleep apnea. Other symptoms are loud snoring, jerking awake during the night and unrefreshing sleep.
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