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I have had headaches for a long time, but growing up, we attributed them to stress. And that’s what they seemed to be. Classic stress headaches.
However, since getting sick, I have experienced headaches much more frequently. Sometimes they are in the front of my head, over my eyes and nose. But most of the time, they are this intense pounding on the back of my head and at my brain stem.
Several years ago, as a result of my headaches, I went to see a neurologist. And he told me that given that headaches are so much more common in the general population than lupus and RA are, he felt my headaches had nothing to do with my illnesses and were just headaches.
He gave me a prescription for Imitrex, which I took twice. But both times it made me feel really spacey and I would rather deal with the headache than my head-floating-in-the-clouds feeling.
This sounded like snake oil to me.
I wasn’t buying what ...
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Let's go back to the year 2005. I was in the last year of a master's degree program at New York University. With a family, a commute and MS, I had to keep pinching myself to prove that I was really pulling it off. Unfortunately, my self-inflicted reminder was replaced with one that forced me to be acutely aware of every moment of every day.
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When all the weight in the world rests on your shoulders, it is very common to experience neck pain. Instead of trying to power through your day with handfuls of pills and a whole lot of misery, a few simple remedies can help you solve your own neck pain.
Chin Tucks : One of the most common reasons to experience neck pain is from the small joints (facet joints) in the back of the neck become inflamed and painful. The reason these joints are under so much stress is the fact that your chin tends to drift up and away from your chest. As it does so, the back of the neck gets pinched in a vise grip. Look in the mirror and notice what happens to your neck with certain chin positions. Now, tuck your chin towards your chest without flexing the entire neck. That chin tuck maneuver helps to stretch out the back of your neck and relieve pressure off the sensitive joints. This can be done while standing, sitting or even lying in bed. If you feel a “pop,” that’s okay becaus...
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