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Eighteen million Americans suffer from migraines. Most are women between the ages of 15 and 55 and many have a family history of these debilitating headaches. Fortunately migraines become less severe and frequent with age. A migraine headache is a severe pain, usually felt on one side of the head. The pain is concentrated around the temples or behind one eye or ear and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. These headaches can last for a few hours to a few days. For the people who suffer from these intense headaches the effects can be very disruptive to their lives. Many things can bring on a migraine headache, but stress is considered the number one trigger. Common causes include: Bright light or loud noise Dehydration Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle Lack of food or sleep Nicotine Stress and anxiety Weather changes While research does not directly link migraines to food, those who suffer from these headaches will tell ...
In many patients, eating certain foods may cause headaches. For these patients, a change in eating habits is an effective treatment for headaches. The diet-related causes of headaches are numerous and include the following: Hypoglycemia Headache is one of the symptoms of low blood sugar, so diabetic patients taking high doses of insulin should carefully monitor their intake. A glass of orange juice or other simple carbohydrate may help alleviate both the low blood sugar and the headache . Caffeine Withdrawal Heavy caffeine users can develop withdrawal headaches when they abruptly cut caffeine out of their diets. Recently, researchers have demonstrated that even persons who drink as little as two-and-a-half cups of coffee a day can suffer headaches when they quit. If you want to give up caffeine and avoid withdrawal headaches, the best method is to slowly reduce your caffeine intake. Tyramine Tyramine, a substance found in foods such as aged cheese, yeast extracts, liver, and red wine, can also...
A headache is usually described as a throbbing, sharp, steady, or dull pain in the head. There are different types of headaches:
Tension headaches usually cause pain that wraps around your head like a band. The pain can be more intense in the front or near the back of your head.
Sinus headaches cause pain in the forehead, cheeks, and nasal areas. Sinus headaches usually have other symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose and your senses of smell and taste may be affected.
Migraine headaches can cause a painful pulsing or throbbing in the head and may cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to bright light and sound.
You may have any or all of these types of headaches during breast cancer treatment.
Breast cancer treatments that can cause headaches include:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
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