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Dr. David Watson & Teri Robert

Health Professional & Patient Advocate

Do you have questions about Migraine? Reader questions are answered by UCNS certified Migraine and headache specialist Dr. David Watson, and award-winning patient educator and advocate Teri Robert.

Latest by Dr. David Watson & Teri Robert

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Do Almonds Have Any Pain Relief Benefits?

Full Question: I’ve been told that Almonds are somehow comparable to aspirin or other forms like Tylenol or Advil is this true? Sheryl. Answer: Dear Sheryl; Quick and simple answer – No. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to fin...

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What to Know About Hemiplegic Migraines and Bleach

Full Question: Can Hemiplegic Migraines be caused by Chemical Exposure ? (specifically bleach or ammonia ). My wife has had 5 episodes simulating strokes in the last 10 months, but no health organization has been able to say 100% that she has had a s...

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Dosing Differences in OTC Migraine Meds

Full Question: Please explain the difference in the dosing for Excedrin Migraine and Extra Strength Excedrin. BC. Answer: Dear BC, In order for the manufacturers of Excedrin to market their product for Migraine, both the product and the labeling had ...

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What to Know About Pseudotumor Cerebri and Facial Twitching

Full Question: Is Pseudotumor Cerebri ever associated with facial numbness and facial twitching? Also, how does a physician differentiate between Pseudotumor Cerebri and Malignant Hypertension since one of the major things that they both have in comm...

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What One-Sided, Stabbing Head Pain Might Mean

Full Question: Hello, this morning I woke up to a sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my head. I have never experienced anything like it before and it happens every few minutes, sometimes constantly. I have been bedridden all day due to the fact ...

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Migraines, Vagus Nerve, and Gallbladder: Is There a Link?

Full Question: I am a Registered Nurse who has suffered from migraines for decades. I also have a strong family history of first degree relatives who are also affected. My question is this: what is the relationship, if any, between migraine headaches ...

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Getting to the Bottom of a Chronic Headache

Full Question: hi. I m 25 years old male. I have headache for 6 month. I feel dizzy some times. Including vision problem such as blurred vision ,zigzag line, also have ear ache and ringing in my ear, tooth ache ,neck pain, chest pain, burning sensati...

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Neck Pain, Nausea, and Short Breath: What Does It Mean?

Full Question: Hello, I have been having sharp throbbing pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. This pain has been going on for a few weeks. I also have bad pain all around the top of my head. The pain occurs at night and in the morning when I ...

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Is It Safe to Quickly Stop Taking Topamax for Migraine?

Question: This is a question that we recently encountered online. Since it’s a common question, we felt it appropriate to answer it here as well. I’ve been taking Topamax for migraine prevention. Started at 25 mg per day and tapered up by adding 25 m...

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Does the Lemon Juice and Salt Migraine Remedy Work?

Full Question: I often see people online touting a lemon juice and salt remedy for migraines. It’s comprised of 2 teaspoons of Himalayan crystal salt mixed with 1 cup of lemon juice with the lemon zest and 1 cup of water. What’s your take on this? Th...