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I wake up every Morning with aa severe migraine. Even tried changing the pillows thinking it was that. I do take extra strength Tylenol which does seem to help if I take 3-4 of them after a while. No allergies to allergies to anything except Penicillin which hasn't been an issue in years. What can I do to help this as they are very painful & seem to be located from the middle to the back of my head. HELP ! Thanks, Lesaann.
The most common trigger of Migraines that people wake with is some type of sleep issue. It can be too much, too little, disrupted, or poor quality sleep. Many people have sleep problems without even realizing it. A starting point would be to discuss your sleep patterns and quality with your doctor. It's highly recommended that Migraineurs go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays. You can learn more about this from our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
One of the major risks of having spine surgery is the development of an infection. Discitis is an uncommon infection of the spinal disc that can occur after spinal surgery. Because of its rarity, discitis is often not on the minds of doctors. In this world of rushed, inattentive doctors, a person with an infection of the spine can be dismissed as a "common back pain" case when in fact discitis is the culprit.
A 58 year old woman who had years of lumbar pain came to me one and a half years following a complicated lumbar fusion; the surgery was complicated by the fact that the surgeon had to operate twice in order to get the hardware placed correctly. Unfortunately, the surgery did not cure her pain; and she came to me for pain management.
Two months into her treatment with me, she had a severe episode of low back pain after shoveling snow. She went to her primary doctor with not only complaints of worsening back pain, but she also had a fever and an upset stomach. That ...
Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for l ow back pain . Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third were prescribed two or more medications.
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A challenge to many health care providers involves the choosing of the safest and most effective medication for a given patient. A more disturbing thought involves the possibility that many of th...
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