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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...
For many of us, changes in the weather are a horrid Migraine trigger. Some doctors prescribe medications we can take in hopes of preventing Migraines when we know a weather change is coming. Even for those who don't take medications, it's helpful to know that a potential trigger is coming so we can be more prepared. The trick is knowing that weather change is on the way. On the Weather Channel web site , a new tool is available that can help track what may be coming -- their Aches & Pains Forecast: The Aches & Pains index forecasts the potential for weather-related pain issues on a scale of 0 - 10. The index is calculated using barometric pressure, absolutely humidity, chances of precipitation, temperature, and wind. On the Weather Channel site, you can enter your zip code and save a page customized to your needs. If you're planning to travel, you can enter any zip code to check conditions at your destination. How well doe the Aches ...
I don’t know about where you are, but in Michigan, we had been having fairly constant rain for what felt like close to a month. We were getting one nice day a week, and the rest were rainy, cold, and gray. And it truly made me crazy!
I had a headache all the time. It felt like someone was stabbing me between the eyes. My pain level was up, and for part of the time, I was just barely functional. I just didn’t feel good at all.
And since I’m not g-d, and can’t change the weather, what am I supposed to do at times like this? I guess function the best I can and hope the weather gets better pronto.
As the days cycled through rain, on and off, so did the way that I felt physically, and subsequently, impacted my mood, as well.
Some of us say that we are human barometers. I know that I feel the rain even before it comes. There is something about those low lying clouds that literally clog my brain.
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