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Hey, folks, have you heard of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge? Unless you've been living under a rock or working on becoming a hermit, of course you have. It's amazing how something so simple can have such an amazing impact. It is great to see a devastating disease receive such support and an amazing influx of donations. If anything is going to clog up my newsfeed, I rather it be ice buckets than political commentary.
So it only seems obvious that other diseases will follow suit in one way or another. And that brings me to what I hope to become the next successful social media challenge, Hot Wings for Headaches:
Hopefully by now some of you have heard of it, but probably most of you have not, since it was just started a couple of weeks ago. Here's how it works: Eat some hot wings, don't drink anything for 30 seconds, donate to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF). Oh yeah, and video it, and challenge your friends and post it on whatever social media sites you pref...
I have been taking Imitrex for about 20 yrs. with very good results. In the last five yrs or so, after taking the Imitrex, I get body aches and joint pain. I also get sensations of heat, that feel like hot flashes. Is this normal? I am now 65 yrs old. Thank you, Louise.
Without examining you and perhaps seeing the results of an EKG, we can't really say if these reactions are "normal." We have patients older than you who continue to use medications in the triptan family (such as Imitrex), but we do require that our older patients have a standard cardiac evaluation to evaluate them for cardiovascular issues. Since these are new symptoms for you, they should be discussed with your doctor to be on the safe side.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Anxiety is characterized by extreme worrying or fear and is classified as a psychological disorder. Even so, there are a number of physical symptoms caused by anxiety. Anxiety sufferers frequently complain of headaches, caused by constant worrying and muscle tension. What are Tension Headaches? According to familydoctor.org, tension, or stress headaches are “a constant dull, achy feeling on both sides of the head.” These types of headaches can include tight feelings in either head or neck muscles. Tension headaches often begin in the middle of the day and start slowly.  An article, “Tension Headache” on CNN.com indicates that tension headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire week. Chronic headaches are those that appear for 15 days or more in a month for several months. Tension headaches can cause additional symptoms, such as: Difficulty sleeping Fatigue Irritability Loss of appetite Difficulty concentrating ...
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