Full Question: Please help!! I am a 30yr old female. A few years ago, I was in a couple of car accidents. Ever since then, I have had problems with headaches. They are usually in my neck and behind my eyes. I have occasional nausea. My problem is that I have a neck/head ache every single day. I have been to PT, chiropractors and tried different meds. My neuro has mentioned Topamax or Cymbalta. I have both sitting in my cupboard, but I don’t know which to take. I am extremely scared of side effects. I’ve read so much online and it scares me to think of what these pills could do to me. Doctors haven’t really said what I have; I’ve heard chronic daily, tension and migraine headaches? What is your opinion? Any suggestions? I don’t know how much longer I can deal with these headaches, they are controlling my life. Thanks in advance. Angie. Answer: Dear Angie; You most likely are suffering from the after-effects of a pro...
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts sleep hundreds of times every night. It's caused by: Obesity, which causes flabby fat deposits in the throat area that can block the air passages. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids that block air passages. Deformed or too large uvula. This is the fleshy lobe at the back of the throat. Abnormality of the soft palate or roof of the mouth. Too large or thick tongue. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or heartburn, when the stomach acid sometimes moves up into the esophagus Stomach acid can produce spasms in the larynx that can block the flow of air to and from the lungs. OSA can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. An article in Medical News Today warns that: "it also increases the risk of traffic accidents by seven times. OSA has been estimated to be responsible for 5 to 10 % of all motor vehicle accidents." Some European countries take a person's sleep ...
The association between neck pain and migraines was a mystery for quite some time. After some research was published, many of us talked with our doctors and found that the neck pain we thought was triggering some of our migraines was actually a symptom of our migraines. A recent study took a look at the prevalence of neck pain in both migraine and tension-type headache .
"We assessed the prevalence of neck pain in the population in relation to headache."
A total of 797 individuals completed an interview and provided self-reported data on neck pain.
Participants with migraine (M), tension-type headache (TTH), or both migraine and TTH (M+TTH) were identified and grouped.
Pericranial tenderness was recorded in 496 participants.
A total tenderness score (TTS) was calculated as the sum of local scores with a maximum score of 48.
The one-year prevalence of neck pain was 68.4% and higher in those with migraine and TTH vs. those w...
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