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
Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle
Lack of food or sleep
Stress and anxiety
While research does not directly link migraines to food, those
I am interested in knowing if there is any connection between low weight and migraine headaches. What , if any, long term effects would take place in the brain of a person with an eating disorder? Thank you, Cindy.
This is a very broad question with no specific answer. Both increased and decreased weight can be associated with headaches and Migraines, often having to do with spinal fluid changes. The second part of your excellent question is also unknown, but research data may help in the future to understand what happens in the brains of people with eating disorders.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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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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