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Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid situations that cause your headaches. A headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers. When you get a headache, write down the day and time the pain began. The diary should include notes about what you ate and drank in the last 24 hours, how much you slept and when, and what was going on in your life immediately before the pain started. For example, were you under any unusual stress? Also include information about how long the headache lasted, and what made it stop.
Hot or cold showers or baths may relieve a headache for some people. You may need to make lifestyle changes if you have chronic tension headaches. This may include changing your sleep habits (usually to get more sleep), increasing exercise, and stretching the neck and back mus...
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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