I get headaches every night (between 3 and 6 am). They have gotten worse the past year but I have had them for about four years. I have been to two neurologists and after trying Topamax, Imitrex, blood pressure pills, gabapentin, amitriptyline, nothing helps. I usually drink a cup of tea upon the initial headache and that helps many times but the past week, I need to take an Excedrin and I am afraid of getting rebound headaches so I use this as a last resort. However, I have been taking one every day this week and I try to avoid this but I am in PAIN. I have had x-rays, MRI's, etc on my neck and brain but all seems to be ok there. My quality of life is terrible now - bad nights and tired all day. Help. Donna.
Are these headaches or Migraines? It does make a difference.
That said, if these are Migraines, one would wonder what trigger you're encountering that is precipitating th...
Middle-age women, beware! If you have a history of migraines, you also face the possibility of developing depression. According to MedlinePlus , a new research study out of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who had any history of migraines were approximately 40% more likely to develop depression than women who did not suffer from these types of headaches.
The researchers reviewed data from more than 36,000 women, ages 45 and older, who were part of the U.S. Women’s Health Study. These women did not have depression at the start of the study and had responded to questions about migraine history. These women were then grouped into four groups: no history of migraine; prior history of migraine; active migraine without an aura; and active migraine with aura. Of the total study population, 6,400 of the women said they had a history of migraines or were suffering from these headaches at the start of the study.
During the study’s average follow-up p...
I have long been a fan of Dr. Jerome Groopman, a world famous oncologist and Harvard Medical School professor, who writes for the New Yorker . He has a new book out called How Doctors Think (Houghton Mifflin Company). I haven't read the entire book yet but have reviewed several excerpts that ran in the New Yorker . The other night I caught Groopman on the Stephen Colbert show, where he articulated some of the book's main ideas. Dr. Jerome Groopman appeared on Comedy Central's Colbert Report on 3/19/07 . Groopman's thesis is that doctors make mistakes diagnosing patients, usually because they are making snap assumptions from their guts about what's wrong with their patients, and not using their brains enough. You have to like a doctor who admits that he and his colleagues make mistakes. A fellow New Yorker regular and Harvard Medical School faculty member, Atul Gawande, covered similar terrain in his debut book, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imper...
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