The transcript of this podcast is below. If you prefer to listen to it, you can do so easily from the MigraineCast Web site . Hello and welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. Sunday, June 3, marks the beginning of National Headache Awareness Week. Some people have asked me why there's an awareness week for headaches and Migraine disease. People who need to ask that question are generally people who never experience anything beyond a minor tension-type headache. Those with chronic headaches or issues with Migraine disease know the answer. Although the World Health Organization ranks Migraine disease as the 19th leading cause of years lived with disability on a global level, Migraine is still dramatically underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood. That ranking is from 2004. In 2000, Migraine was ranked at 20th. While we would hope that Migraine would move down on the list, it is, unfortunate...
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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