I've always suffered from migraines - the blinding auras , the excruciating headaches. I remember when I was a child, about ten or twelve, riding my bike home from school while suffering a migraine. It was a three-mile ride, and the aura became so terrible that it seemed the road was spit in two, with one side higher than the other. I ended up sitting on the side of the road, waiting for my dad to come looking for me. Mom was sure I had a brain tumor.
The migraines continued all through my life, even to the present. They made my life miserable at times, but maybe I was luckier than some. Research has shown that children with migraine headaches often also suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea . I have, in the past, had bouts of sleep paralysis and nightmares. Could they be connected to the migraines? I'm sure it's possible.
"Sleeping problems can exacerbate the problems migraine causes on a child's health and may hinder a child's performance at school," study a...
It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly. Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary: 1. When your migraine occurred When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day. 2. Location and type of pain Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure? 3. Intensity of your migraine Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10. 4. Any possible symptoms , including Aura Numbness Light sensitivity Nausea 5. Disruptions in your daily activity, including Changes in sleep patterns Increases in stress at work or at home 6. Menstrual cycle Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. 7. Any possible migraine triggers , ...
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
The headache pain may be described as:
Dull, pressure-like (not throbbing)
A tight band or vise on the head
All over (not just in one point or one side)
Worse in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck, and possibly in the shoulders
The pain may occur as an isolated event, constantly, or daily. Pain may last for 30 minutes to 7 days. It may be triggered by or get worse with stress, fatigue, noise, or glare.
There may be difficulty sleeping . Tension headaches usually do not cause nausea or vomiting.
People with tension headaches tend to try to relieve pain by massaging their scalp, temples, or the bottom of the neck.
Signs and tests
A headache that is mild to moderate, not accompanied by other symptoms, and responds to home treatment within a few hours may not need further ...
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