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Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
There has been a lot of news lately about medication overuse headaches (MOH) that may be linked to those of us who have chronic headaches each month. Do you think taking a 50mg tablet of Tramadol daily (for fibromyalgia) could be enough to cause MOH? Peggy.
Some patients can take tramadol daily without getting into a medication overuse headache. For others, that 50mg a day could cause MOH. If the tramadol IS causing you MOH, it should be relieved when you take the tramadol.
This is a rock-and-a-hard-place problem for people who have both headache and pain issues. Sadly, there's no good solution for it.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly. Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary: 1. When your migraine occurred When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day. 2. Location and type of pain Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure? 3. Intensity of your migraine Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10. 4. Any possible symptoms , including Aura Numbness Light sensitivity Nausea 5. Disruptions in your daily activity, including Changes in sleep patterns Increases in stress at work or at home 6. Menstrual cycle Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. 7. Any possible migraine triggers , ...
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