Top 85 Migraine and Headache Questions and Answers

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    After more than four years of answering reader questions, we have some questions that are asked frequently or are especially good questions. Our "Top 75" have been so popular that I've expanded it to the "Top 85." Take a look! There's bound to be information here that applies to you.

      Migraine and headache symptoms and triggers:
    1. Is Migraine a catch-all term for severe headaches? Full question and answer.

    2. Can headaches cause memory loss? Full question and answer.

    3. Cluster headaches, serotonin levels, "body clocks?" Full question and answer.

    4. How much can sinuses and Migraines be linked? Full question and answer.

    5. Knot in neck preceding Migraines? Full question and answer.

    6. Can hot weather cause Migraines even if I keep hydrated? Full question and answer.

    7. Can Migraines change over the years? Full question and answer.

    8. Auditory and visual hallucinations during Migraine attacks? Full question and answer.

    9. Facial & eye pain. No aura as usual. Sinus infection missed on CT? Full question and answer.

    10. Can you have a Migraine attack without having a headache? Full question and answer.

    11. Having Migraine with seeing flashes of light. What causes it and what kind of Migraine is it? Full question and answer.

    12. Why does the change in the weather help contribute to the onset of a headache? Full question and answer.

    13. How can I tell the difference between Migraine and stroke? Full question and answer.

    14. Fever as a Migraine trigger? Full question and answer.

    15. Is there any links between Migraines and a freezing cold nose? Full question and answer.

    16. What can I eat without getting a Migraine? Full question and answer.

    17. What is connection between Migraines and alcohol usage? Full question and answer.

    18. I get a severe headache at or just after orgasm. Help! Full question and answer.

    19. Waking with full blown Migraines? Full question and answer.

    20. How common is numbness in the extremities during a Migraine? Full question and answer.

    21. Link to the sun and constant headaches? Full question and answer.

    22. Clenching jaw as a Migraine trigger? Full question and answer.

    23. Headaches from change in temperature, working outside. Tips to keep from happening? Full question and answer.


      Migraine and headache treatment:

    24. Must triptans be kept in blister packaging? Full question and answer.

    25. Joint pain and triptans? Full question and answer.

    26. Is the occipital nerve stimulator working for Migraines? Full question and answer.

    27. Hemiplegic Migraine, stroke, and medications? Full question and answer.

    28. How do you decide when to treat Migraines when they're constant? Full question and answer.

    29. Prevention of menstrual Migraines? Full question and answer.

    30. How can a find a caring doctor for my 10-year-old son? Full question and answer.

    31. FDA advisory about triptans, antidepressants, and serotonin syndrome? Full question and answer.

    32. Topamax and weight loss, weight gain going off it? Full question and answer.

    33. I have been on every kind of prevention medication available and am still having bad and frequent Migraines...? Full question and answer.

    34. What causes triptans to become ineffective over time? Full question and answer.

    35. Why do I still get Migraines while taking Topamax? Full question and answer.

    36. Neuro said not to take triptans during aura? Full question and answer.

    37. New preventive treatments for cluster headaches? Full question and answer.

    38. Can I prevent Migraines from flying? Full question and answer.

    39. How do antidepressants help prevent headaches and Migraines? Full question and answer.

    40. Maximum dosage of Topamax for Migraine prevention? Full question and answer.

    41. Is there any medication I can take that is safe to use while nursing? Full question and answer.

    42. Daily Migraines? Use of ibuprofen? Full question and answer.

    43. Is there any viable alternative to indomethacin? Full question and answer.

    44. Addicted to drugs prescribed for Migraines? Full question and answer.

    45. After getting out of rebound, one dose of analgesic causes rebound? Full question and answer.

    46. Why don't doctors want to treat Migraines with Demerol? Full question and answer.

    47. Abruptly stopping beta blockers? Full question and answer.

    48. Can Maxalt used by a 14-year-old girl? Full question and answer.

    49. Are all of the Migraine meds designed to be vascular constrictors? .... Is there anything else I can try? Full question and answer.

    50. Botox for Migraines? Full question and answer.


      Hormonal and pregnancy issues:

    51. Pregnant and worried about Imitrex taken at beginning of pregnancy? Full question and answer.

    52. Meds during pregnancy; why Migraine are worse after children? Full question and answer.

    53. Menopausal Migraines after hysterectomy? Full question and answer.

    54. What is the current word on hormonally induced headaches? Full question and answer.

    55. Could lower estrogen levels be contributing to my Migraines? Full question and answer.

    56. Would having a hysterectomy get rid of my Migraines? Full question and answer.

    57. HRT combo that works best for women with Migraines? Full question and answer.

    58. Could headaches be directly related to stopping birth control pills? Full question and answer.


      More questions and answers:

    59. Son with abdominal Migraines? Hate to give him medications. Full question and answer.

    60. Is it possible to have tension headaches every day? Full question and answer.

    61. What can you tell me about the hole in the heart called a PFO and Migraines? Full question and answer.

    62. Are Migraines and cluster headaches one and the same? Full question and answer.

    63. I have a strange type of headache when I bend over, sneeze or cough. Full question and answer.

    64. Is having two or three Migraines a week normal? Full question and answer.

    65. What are these short, very sharp head pains I get? Full question and answer.

    66. What normally goes on in the brain prior to, during, and after a Migraine? Full question and answer.

    67. Vagus Nerve Stimulator? Full question and answer.

    68. Migraineur never had CT scan. Recommended? Full question and answer.

    69. I'm wondering how to know when to consult a doctor? Full question and answer.

    70. Can my child be having Migraines? Could I be experiencing Migraines for the first time in my 50s? Full question and answer.

    71. Headache every time I masturbate? Full question and answer.

    72. Help with ocular Migraines? Full question and answer.

    73. Worsening Migraines... Doctor says merely suffering from depression. Full question and answer.

    74. I'm just wanting to see what you think the link is between Fibromyalgia and Migraines? Full question and answer.

    75. What are "painless, optical Migraines?" Full question and answer.

    76. Does sleep relieve only certain kinds of Migraines? Full question and answer.

    77. Any advice telling the difference between a headache and a Migraine? Full question and answer.

    78. Does the pain from Migraines cause blood pressure to rise that high during attacks? And likewise, does high blood pressure cause Migraines and cluster headaches? Full question and answer.

    79. How can I manage my type 2 diabetes when having a full-blown Migraine? Full question and answer.

    80. Excruciating headaches, hypothyroid, TSH not regulated. Connection? Full question and answer.

    81. Migraines increasingly frequent. More imaging or lab testing? Full question and answer.

    82. Worry about increased frequency of Migraines? Full question and answer.

    83. 10 day Migraine with pain over left eye? Full question and answer.

    84. Helicobacter Pylori and Migraine? Full question and answer.

    85. Did Migraines stop because of medication or better sleep? Full question and answer.

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    Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and Migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert. If you have a question for this section of our site, please click HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. No questions will be answered privately.

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Published On: August 26, 2007