I have been having off and on severe headaches for about two years now. They seem to be brought on by either stress or dry hot air hitting my face (like a car heater or just a heat duct blowing on me) I have been using a humidifier in the winter at home and at work, which has seemed to help somewhat. When they come on, I am very sick to my stomach, and my head feels like it is in a vice grip. Then I become very sensitive to light and noise. I can't take normal medications, because I have had a kidney transplant. The headaches started before the transplant and continue to this day. Do you have any ideas as to what this might be? Does it even sound like a migraine? My paternal grandmother had migraines and my sister does as well, but infrequently and normally before her menstrual cycle. Any suggestions or ideas for me? Jill .
What you describe could be Migraines, especially given your family history of Migraine. However, nobody can di...
How many times have we or the people we know found our Migraines worsened by light? Countless times! Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have determined why this happens. This exciting research how visual and pain pathways converge in the brain, causing light to exacerbate the pain of a Migraine. In an interview, researcher Burstein commented: "We had no clue in the world where in the world light and pain talk to each other in the brain. They have completely different pathways in the brain... We identified a new pathway in the brain that originates in the eye and goes to the brain areas where neurons are found that are active during migraine attacks. The light can increase the electrical activity in neurons that are active to begin with." 4 The study: Researchers documented the prevalence of Migraine-associated photophobia in 20 (15 female, five male) blind study participants. The demographics of these participants was similar to Mi...
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