It's confusing. Some doctors tell us to take Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans early in a Migraine attack -- during the aura if you get auras. Others say triptans won't work taken that early, to wait for the headache phase to begin. So, for those of us with Migraine with aura, when IS it best to take triptans? When the aura starts? When the pain starts? Does it even make a difference. Aurora et. al. set out to take a look at those very question. The objective of their study was "To reexamine the efficacy of terminating migraine headache by administration of sumatriptan during the visual-aura phase of the attack." Previous studies have been conflicting and confusing. It has been shown that taking triptans early in the headache phase of a Migraine attack, while the pain is mild and allodynia has not fully developed, increases the success rate of triptans for giving pain-free relief. However, previous data had also shown that taking tript...
We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year's season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be worse than previous years. But the most common mid-season question I encounter is: "Why have my medicines stopped working?"
Research on allergy and asthma patients has yielded some interesting information on the use of prescribed allergy medications and "control" of these disorders. [i] A major factor in the successful management of allergic airway problems is "adherence".
Adherence is a term that expresses the degree to which a patient consistently follows an agreed upon treatment plan under the doctor's supervision.
How often do you forget to take your medication?
Have you recently had to miss or reschedule your follow-up allergy appointment?
Recent allergy research questionnaires and surveys highlig...
If you are struggling with consistently working out, I have an idea for you stop working out and start having fun. Stop wondering how many calories you are burning, stop trying to figure out what muscle group you are working. Forget about doing strength training or cardio and simply start having fun with activities that involve moving your body. Getting in shape is not about how miserable you can make yourself because getting healthy and fit should really be fun.
My friend's Sarah and John are great examples. Sarah lost over 40 pounds after her having her baby just by dancing. She ditched working out at the gym and just spent hours on the dance floor. John loves music and listens to his ipod while riding his bike to work. It takes him 45 minutes each way and he loves it. John has come a long way from his overweight couch potato days his lean body is proof that riding his bike regularly is getting him in great shape. Both Sar...
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