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David Watson, MD

Health Professional

David Watson, M.D., is a UCNS certified migraine and headache specialist and director of the West Virginia University Headache Center. "Dr. Dave" is also very active in the migraine community, taking part in and leading advocacy efforts to benefit the entire community. He is the founder and chairman of the board of Runnin' for Research and a regular participant in the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy's "Headache on the Hill" event. You can follow Dr. Watson on @wvheadachedoc.

Latest by David Watson, MD

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Anatomy of a Migraine

When many people think “migraine,” they think only of the pain of migraine. In reality, a migraine (often called a “migraine attack”) consists of far more. The typical migraine attack actually consists of four parts, referred to as phases or componen...

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Lifestyle

Setting Priorities for a Migraine-Free Holiday

For years, the author wore herself out trying to make the holidays perfect, which only aggravated her migraines. Finally, she learned what she needed to do (and not to do) to stay healthy.

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Diagnosis

Hemiplegic Migraine May Cause Brain Damage

Hemiplegic Migraine attacks can result in brain atrophy, but effective treatment exists to prevent this from happening.

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Treatment

Botox for Migraine: Anatomy Is Critical

Botox can be very effective for chronic Migraine, but only when the person administering the treatment is very knowledgeable about the proper injection sites.

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Parenting

Special Education Services for Students With Migraine

Loud noises, strong smells, bright lights, tight schedules, and inflexible due dates fill our children’s schools. Learn how to help your child succeed as a student.

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Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Activities

There are Migraine and Headache Awareness Month activities for everyone.

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Advocacy

Migraine Patients and Doctors Team Up at Headache on the Hill

I wake up every day thinking of migraine disease and the people it affects. I spend my days writing, researching, educating, and coaching. It’s solitary work — most of which goes unnoticed — but I don’t do for attention. I do it for the millions of c...

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Migraine Arsenal Essentials: Trigger Management

One of the first and most essential weapons to add to our migraine arsenal is trigger identification and management. For many years, I lived with migraine disease without knowing about triggers. My great grandmother, grandfather, and mother all had m...

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3 in the Bed: Make Room for Migraine in Your Marriage

I’ve lost count of the number of weekend getaways, date nights, and anniversaries that have been postponed or cancelled because of migraine. Although my husband and I knew I had migraine when we married, we had no idea how much it would affect our li...

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7 Ways to Avoid Migraine When Fasting

Each year I have a physical involving a blood test to screen for diabetes. Diabetes runs in my family, so this is not a test I want to skip. Unfortunately, it requires an eight hour fast. Because fasting is a big migraine trigger, every year I dreade...