For some people with Migraines or cluster headaches, sexual activity can be a trigger or exacerbate the problem. On the other hand, a new study has shown that for a significant number of people with Migraines and cluster headaches, sexual activity can provide some relief, and even provide complete relief for some.
"Headache associated with sexual activity is a well-known primary headache disorder. In contrast, some case reports in the literature suggest that sexual activity during a migraine or cluster headache attack might relieve the pain in at least some patients. We performed an observational study among patients of a tertiary headache clinic." 1
A questionnaire was sent to 800 Migraine patients and 200 cluster headache patients, asking for experience with sexual activity during Migraine and cluster attacks and its impact on the Migraine or headache intensity.
The survey was strictly and completely anonymous.
For purposes of the surve...
Although there’s not a lot of scientific evidence that the weather impacts RA symptoms , if you talk to many people with RA, myself included, they will most likely tell you that the weather does have an impact on them.
The phrase "bone-chilling cold" has a whole new meaning when you live with RA.
For me, the cold of winter impacts my stiffness significantly. My mobility becomes more limited than usual, and most of my joints hurt. I also often have trouble breathing in the winter, due to my lupus, so I usually wear a scarf over my face. In the heat of summer, the humidity not only messes with my head, but my joints tend to swell and hurt, although it feels different from the way my joints hurt in the winter, if that makes sense. In the summer, the heat and the humidity cause my joints to swell in a very painful way. I have far less joint swelling in the winter time.
The other thing for me weather-wise that impacts my...
June 7 - 13 is National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW) this year. A host of educational events and programs are happening around the country throughout National Headache Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Headache Foundation (NHF). NHAW is meant to educate people about headache and Migraine causes, impact and help. Each year, 90% of all men and 95% of all women have at least one headache or Migraine. Despite many people having frequent and sometimes severe headaches and Migraines that affect their family, social and work life, most do not actively seek relief from their condition . Experts say the complacency is puzzling because relief is available, but begins with an understanding that headaches and Migraines are very personal. Four simple strategies can get sufferers on the right course to relief: • Realize that headaches matter, and take your headaches seriously; • Learn all you can – be a student of your own headaches;
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