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Top Migraine and Headache Questions for 12/30/16

Do you have questions about headaches or Migraines? Many of our readers do, and _ Dr. David Watson_ and _ Teri Robert_ answer some of them. Dr. Watson is a UCNS certified headache and migraine specialist, and is the director of the headache center at ...

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Why Do I Wake with a Migraine So Often?

Question: Hello, and thank you for your willingness to answer questions. I wake up with a migraine at least two or three days a week. Can you tell me why? Thank you so much, Angela. Answer: Dear Angela; The answer to your question lies in determining ...

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Why Care About Medication Overuse Headache with Daily Migraine?

Question: My migraines became chronic almost five years ago, and I have a migraine every day. Imitrex is hit or miss for me. My neurologist refuses to prescribe enough Imitrex for me to take it every day because of rebound headaches, and my family do...

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How Many Times to Try Botox for Migraine Prevention?

Credit: Thinkstock Question: Hello, Dr. Watson and Teri. I have what I hope is a quick and simple question to answer. How many times is it advisable to try Botox for migraine prevention? I don’t want to sell it short, but even with insurance coverage...

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Why Do I Get Sinus Pain During a Migraine?

Question: My doctor told me that the headaches I thought were sinus headaches were migraines. Apparently, that’s correct since sumatriptan stops them, and I’m glad to have a correct diagnosis and treatment that works. But I’d really like to understan...

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Can Triptans Be Used for Migraine If Taking an Antidepressant?

Question: I’m getting conflicting information and hope you can clarify for me. I’ve been taking an SSRI antidepressant for depression and migraine prevention. My doctor has also been prescribing Imitrex to use when I get a migraine. When we changed t...

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What to Do About Migraine Triggered by Intimacy?

Question: This is a somewhat sensitive question, but my doctor hasn’t had any suggestions, so I thought I’d ask the two of you. Sexual intimacy almost always triggers a migraine for me. My husband is very understanding, but we both miss it. Is there ...

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Side Effects of Phenergan for Migraine Nausea?

Full Question: I have severe nausea. I have taken Phenergan for many years and found it to be very effective. It was easy/cheap to get. Now, the doctors are telling me that it has side effects and are refusing to prescribe it. I am given nothing or i...

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Difference Between Chronic Daily Migraine and Chronic Daily Headache?

Full Question: Is there a difference between chronic daily migraine and chronic daily headaches? If so, what? I am working with a therapist who is not familiar with migraines, much less chronic migraines and definitely not chronic daily migraines. I ...

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Options for Hemicrania Continua Other Than Indomethacin?

Full Question: My doctor diagnosed me with hemicrania continua after a trial of indomethacin. The problem is the indomethacin is tearing up my stomach something terrible, and my doctor doesn’t have any ideas about what else to try. Do you know of oth...