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June 7 - 13 is National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW) this year. A host of educational events and programs are happening around the country throughout National Headache Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Headache Foundation (NHF). NHAW is meant to educate people about headache and Migraine causes, impact and help. Each year, 90% of all men and 95% of all women have at least one headache or Migraine. Despite many people having frequent and sometimes severe headaches and Migraines that affect their family, social and work life, most do not actively seek relief from their condition . Experts say the complacency is puzzling because relief is available, but begins with an understanding that headaches and Migraines are very personal. Four simple strategies can get sufferers on the right course to relief: • Realize that headaches matter, and take your headaches seriously; • Learn all you can – be a student of your own headaches;
I had lunch last week with a middle-aged girlfriend. As we chatted, she recounted an episode when her teenage son developed a migraine headache at school and the staff didn’t totally recognize the situation. After she completed her story, I asked whether she, too, had migraines. She said she was actually experiencing a low-level one while we were enjoying lunch. She said she had developed these headaches later in life and their emergence seemed to coincide when she went into a surgically-induced menopause.
The Migraine Trust reports that for many people, migraines start happening before the age of 40 and they rarely start later in life. In fact, the frequency and the severity of migraines often decreases – and even disappears -- around the age of 50. However, a small number of studies that looked at the relationship between menopause and migraine headaches found that 45 percent of women reported their migraines get worse as they go through menopause. About the same percent...
Migraines and headaches can take so much out of us that we lose hope, sometimes feeling as if we just can't go on another day. We've all been there. We're worn out by... the pain... the other symptoms... the problems Migraines and headaches cause for our families... missing events we want to attend... the problems Migraines and headaches cause at work... medications... doctors... and, oh, so much more. Cluster headaches are sometimes called "suicide headaches" because the pain is so severe that it has lead people to take their lives. After an extensive analysis of statistics from a long list of government resources, Dr. Robert Shapiro discovered that: "Based on a sample of Americans, suicide attempts are three times more likely in individuals with migraine with aura compared to those with no migraine, whether or not major depression is also present." 1 Suicide and other self-harming behaviors are issues people don't like to di...
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