Migraine Headaches

A migraine headache is a recurring headache affecting only a portion of the head, which is coupled by nausea, sleep disruption, vomiting, visual disturbances and depression. It is approximately 3 times more common in women than in men.

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Migraine Headaches

Does migraine affect pregnancy?

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It can. If a person has an occasional migraine, there isn't that much concern. If the person has severe and frequent migraines, those are putting both the pregnant mother's body - and the fetus's body under consistent stress.

Some women experience much higher blood pressure under a migraine attack, if the woman has been diagnosed with preeclampsia - this is more cause for concern, because keeping blood pressure down is vital.

It also affects pregnancy, because many of the medications available to women who aren't pregnant, you aren't able to take anymore once you are. This includes abortives and many preventatives. It can be hard for someone who has been on a successful treatment regimen, to have to endure 9-18months without (if they choose to breastfeed).

It becomes very important to communicate with your doctor, to develop coping skills to deal with the pain so that you can deal with the stress put on your body, and to learn what your migraine triggers are and manage them effectively. Some women are triggered by hormone fluctuations OF pregnancy, whereas some women will just have their original triggers, or have new or old triggers exacerbated.

If you have severe and frequent migraines - make sure you have a headache specialist, because they will be more willing to prescribe medications while you are pregnant if you need them than an OB-GYN. They'll know specifically which ones you can and cannot be on, rather than just say "Here, take Tylenol."

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Migraine Headaches
Headaches

Do frequent headaches cause memory loss?

Tension and sinus headaches do not cause memory loss. Migraine without aura has not been shown to have any cause for worry.

Migraine with aura does affect portions of the brain, and can change them permanently. They can cause white matter lesions on the brain. Which as of yet we have not been told of that affect on cognitive function for people with migraine. However, there have been studies on people who are elderly. And there was a correlation between how well they did on tests for memory - and the amount of white lesions they had. "In old age, the amount of white-matter lesions contributed 14.4 percent of the variance in cognitive scores." So, it may, but as of this time - we have no conclusive answers.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Periods and Conception
Migraine Headaches

Is it normal to have a period 5 days early or could it be a sign of pregnancy?

I have never heard of that being a sign of pregnancy, but if you think you are pregnant, take a test. Periods, even for people who are normally regular, can change for a lot of reasons.

AnswerI had a small amount of bleeding, very small, about 4-5 days before my period was expected to start and I am definitely pregnant. I did research online and found out that you can have spotting about a week before your period casused from the fertilized egg making its way into the uterus, which can cause a small amount of bleeding usually dark in color. Answeri have had bleeding a week before my period a bit less than my average period and i have not been using protection i don't know if im pregnant as the blood is quite dark. AnswerI have had implantation bleeding, then normal bleeding. When my partner ejaculates in me numerous of times. Could it be that I am pregnant or A normal period. AnswerMy 'period' came a week early. It went for 3 days and was like its usual self. I thought I may've been pregnant, but after this, didnt think so. Now Im not so sure. Dont want to go waste $10 on a test if Im not and don't want the embarrassment of going to the doctor.

On the first day, it was dark brown, which I never have. Then it stopped for a whole day, then came back that night, red. TMI sorry! What do you think?

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AnswerMy husband and I are trying for a baby and i really thought i was pregnant (had breast tenderness and was very emotional), then i had my period 9 days early which is very unusual for me cos I'm so regular. Thought it might be a sign of pregnancy so did a test and it was negative. Not really sure what to tbink about it?!? AnswerI would say to anyone unsure of whether they are pregnant or not either do a home test or if that is still inconclusive then don't be affraid to seek medical attention just to put your mind at rest either way.I think i would rather feel " silly" at the gp's than have an unwanted pregnancy or problems with a pregnancy early on because of failing to seek help
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Medication and Drugs
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants

How long does it take to lose weight gained while on Lexapro after you stop taking the medication?

Lexapro can cause weight gain and this is disclosed in the clinical trials, it is just downplayed and spun. In clinical trials, Lexapro was shown to be weight gain neutral. This is different than other SSRIs that appear to cause weight gain. This is very different than being shown to have no effect on weight. This means that just as mean people in the Lexapro group gained weight as lost weight. What's important is that the number of people that changed weight in the Lexapro group was significantly larger than that of the placebo group indicating that Lexapro does impact weight. What this really means is that Lexapro can increase or decrease weight depending on the person. Scientists really do not know why this is the case.

With that said, there were still many people in the placebo group that gained weight, so it is very difficult to attribute all of the weight gain to Lexapro.

After withdrawing from Lexapro, it may or may not cause a change in weight. There are currently no clinical trials or studies that have been conducted studying this aspect.

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Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Prozac
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants
Antipsychotics

Is it safe to take Prozac Depakote and Risperdal together?

I have both epilepsy and a type of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. For the epilepsy I take the 500mg depakote. I also take the 1mg risperdal pill for controlling my attitude and help prevent anxiety. Taking both together gives me no problems with them interacting together. Another medication I'm on for anxiety is the 20mg pill Lexapro and it has no interactions with the other 2. To be sure that your medications are safe together though, make sure that all your doctors know what drugs you are on, and ask them about possible side effects.

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Cancer
Head, Ears, and Nose
Migraine Headaches

What does it mean if you have a couple of areas on the back of your head that are painful when touched and one of them is a small hard bump?

Did you fall and bump your head? Or get hit with something in the head? If you didn't bump or hit your head or get hit in the head recently, you should go see a doctor. And if you did bump your head and these tender spots and bumps don't go away soon, you should see a doctor also. I have painful bump on my head especially when touched coupled with head aches and blurry vision. Please let me know the there is any information. I can'tfind any.

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Cancer
Migraine Headaches
Similarities Between

Is it possible for a smoker to have a non cancerous tumor?

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Yes. I too unfortunately am a smoker. Smokers have been blamed from everything from the boil on one's butt to the mystery of ALL diseases. Other things in our environment can cause cancer as well (they know little about cancer after all these years) and some medications such as HRT can cause breast cancer as well. In Canada there was a news broadcast just about that very thing.

Still, smoking is not good for anyone and hopefully I hope to quit if I can. It's tough and I may not win, but I have to try.

There are many tumors in the body not related to cancer, but please, go and see your doctor and get it checked out. Letting it go gives you plenty of worry (probably needless) and if it should be cancer you want to catch it early.

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Pica Disorder
Migraine Headaches
Multiple Sclerosis
Medical Terminology

What is mild diffuse cortical atrophy age appropriate?

AnswerCortical (brain-related) atrophy means wasting away and decrease in size of gray matter of brain. Diffuse means the wasting is generalizedGeneralized anxiety disorder, not confined to one particular area. Age related may mean the result of aging (over 55-60).
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Migraine Headaches

Can you scuba dive if you have frequent migraines?

In general, frequent migraines should not prevent you from scuba diving if you are not having one at the time. Please consider that scuba diving, because of the change in barometric pressure - can be a migraine trigger. To try avoid barometric migraine, even if you aren't deep enough in water to cause the Benz, make sure you go down and come up slowly, giving your body time to adjust. Some people also find that extended pressure on the scalp can be a trigger, so find swim goggles that are comfortable. You might want to make sure they don't trigger a migraine before you go under the waves. If sunlight is a trigger for you, make sure you are wearing a hat and sunglasses on your way to the beach. Also consider, that if your migraines cause confusion or loss of vision - it is especially important that you be with your scuba buddy at all times, and that he or she is aware that you may have difficulty.

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Head, Ears, and Nose
Migraine Headaches
Doctors

What kind of doctor should you see if you find a small pea sized lump in your temple?

The pediatrician for my 6 month old baby has referred us to a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)Doctor for this. My baby has a small pea size lump on her right temple. The doctor thinks it is a calcium deposit, but I want to be sure. I was wondering the same thing, except I am the one who just found a lump in my temple and before i read this, i described it to someone as "pea-sized" so i got a little scared to even read this... but i'd really appreciate some answer, I'm getting a little concerned... there's one under my ear too... _tina_ Hi Tina, I have this too - I'm sure it's different for everybody, but in my case it's part of my jaw joint. I saw my doctor about it and he felt it and after a minute asked me to open and close my mouth over and over. Then he made ME feel it and do the same. I could feel it coming and going as I opened and closed my mouth. He went on to explain that the jaw joint is very complex and the lump was actually a little bit of ligament pushing it's way out between the bones. Nothing at all to worry about. He could tell that's what it was because if it was anything else it wouldn't disappear when I flexed my jaw muscles. Hope that helps, but as with all things, best to get it checked. :-)

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Migraine Headaches

Is it normal to have migraines on three consecutive days?

Yes, it can be normal. In fact, one single instance of migraine can last up to three days. Migraines generally last from 4 - 72 hours. The average length is 22 hours. If you have a single instance of migraine, with no breaks, that lasts longer than 72 hours, you are in Status Migrainosus. At this point you need medical intervention to break the migraine cycle, whether from your primary care physician, getting IVs at a short-stay facility, or in the ER. If you are consistently having more than two migraines a month, you should speak with your primary care physican or a neurologist, about beginning to take preventative medications.

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Miscarriages
Depo-Provera
Migraine Headaches

What are the chances of having multiples after stopping depo provera?

The chances of having twins is not affected by being on depo. Your chances of having twins/triplets/etc. is determined by your family history, your age, etc. Basically, being on depo does nothing to help you have twins, but if you used depo into your thirties... you have a higher chance of conceiving twins in your thirties. This may confuse some, but it is not the birth control (depo or oral) that contributed to conceiving twins, but the age gtroup that you may now be in.
I became pregnant with twins about 12 months after getting off of the shot. Becoming pregnant with twins has nothing to do with getting off the shot and having unprotected sex it, is pure genetics twins have to run on one of the parents side of the family. Twins are not purely genetic. Twins can occur when the body releases more than one egg on ovulation. I hear the chances can be high after getting off depo because the body begins the ovulation cycle again and it could release more. Very true, twins are not purely genetic at all. Yes, they can 'run in the family,' but hormones and ovulation play a huge role in twin pregnancies, especially fraternal twins.

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Migraine Headaches

If stress from a job causes you to experience intense migraine headaches and other physical ailments can you get disability?

Stress has been removed from the ICHD-II's headache classification as a trigger for Migraine. As a result, it is unlikely that you'll receive a diagnosis of stress related Migraine which will lead to disability. Migraine itself is considered a disability and those who suffer chronic Migraine are often disabled by their condition.

For appropriate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of headache disorders, seek the help of a board certified headache specialist.

-----------------------Disability PossibleYou could, however only if your physician is willing to take you off work and most likely only a for a very limited time frame (like at a max something like 3 weeks) unless there are some other circumstances or treatments that would keep you from working.

For information, resources and related links go The National Council On Disability (NCD)

To add to this - Migraines caused by stress or anxiety would be considered a "soft" diagnosis. Although a Dr. can diagnose the condition, only you can truly tell how sever the symptoms are and how much they truly affect your work.

This is one of the reasons working with a reputable insurance company and obtaining a quality policy is worth the money. Some contracts will include limitations of benefits for these type of claims, but it should not be limited to 3 weeks only.

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Conditions and Diseases
Back Neck and Spine
Migraine Headaches

What are the hard lumps on the back of a 3-year-old's upper neck and lower head area?

Are you mad? They could be anything, take the child to a doctor. Without examining this child, I'd have to "guess" (which does NOT take the place of a physician) that the child has a long history of ear infections... and that these are lymph nodes... As I answered in another question, lymph glands filter out the "poisons" from infections and viruses throughout the body... They also are a part of the body's immune system. The cells of the lymph glands (nodes) actually grow in order to filter (neutralize) poisons from infections... then after the event is taken care of, shrink back down... but because they are "scarred" from handling their job they don't shrink back down to their original size... You then have these small hard knots left over... I'm in my late 60's now, and still have remnants of these lymph nodes palpable in my neck. Smart thing though would be to get someone to examine this child... Oh... The nodes in the back of the neck & at the hair line are called the "posterior chain" of lymph nodes and normally are the ones that become enlarged dueto a history of repeated ear infections...

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Migraine Headaches

Can tramadol be used to treat a migraine?

Yes, tramadol relieves migraine pain for some sufferers. Here's a study comparing tramadol plus acetaminophen to a placebo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16324164 I am a lifelong migraineur and tramadol has been very helpful for me, both as treatment for acute migraine attacks and as preventative. As a preventative, 100 mg of ER (extended release) tramadol taken once a day has reduced both the frequency and severity of my headaches. On the other hand, some patients have reported that tramadol makes their headaches worse.

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Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Migraine Headaches
Ibuprofen
Painkillers
Anti-Inflammatories

Can Ibuprofen be taken with Depakote?

Yes.

I think.

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Migraine Headaches

Does a poor diet help cause migraines?

Certain preservatives can trigger migraines or make them worse. Improper diet can also increase the risk of having a migraine.

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Migraine Headaches

What are the side effects of Depakote as a preventive medicine for migraines?

It causes drowsiness and slight dehydration. Depakote depending on the dose you are taking and whether you are taking extended release or delayed release. You can develop serious liver damage, this decreases with age. The most common side effects are abdominal pain, abnormal thinking, breathing difficulty, bronchitis, bruising, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, emotional changeability, fever, flu symptoms, hair loss, headache, incoordination, indigestion, infection, insomnia, loss of appetite, memory loss, nasal inflammation, nausea, nervousness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, sore throat, tremor, vision problems, vomiting, weakness, weight loss or gain. Less common side effects are Abnormal dreams, abnormal milk secretion, abnormal walk, aggression, anemia, anxiety, back pain, behavior problems, belching, bleeding, blood disorders, bone pain, breast enlargement, chest pain, chills, coma, confusion, coughing up blood, dental abscess, drowsiness, dry skin, ear inflammation, excessive urination (mainly children) or other urination problems, eye problems, feeling of illness, gas, growth failure in children, hallucinations, hearing problems, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hostility, increased appetite, increased cough, involuntary rapid movement of eyeball, irregular or painful menstruation, itching, jerky movements, joint pain, lack of muscular coordination, leg cramps, liver problems, loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle or joint pain, muscle weakness, muscle pain, neck pain, nosebleed, overactivity, pneumonia, rapid heartbeat, rickets (mainly children), sedation, seeing "spots before your eyes", sensitivity to light, sinus inflammation, skin eruptions or peeling, skin rash, speech difficulties, stomach and intestinal disorders, swelling of arms and legs due to fluid retention, swollen glands, taste changes, tingling or pins and needles, twitching, urinary problems, vertigo, vision problems these are more rare, if you experience any of these or they become bothersome you should check with your doctor.

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Database Programming
Migraine Headaches
Headaches

Can Hydroxycut be a migraine trigger?

Yes, it's possible for nearly anything, including Hydroxycut, to be a Migraine trigger for a susceptible individual.

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Head, Ears, and Nose
Migraine Headaches
Headaches

Should you be concerned about painless bumps on both lower sides of your head?

If you are refering to small, fixed bony lumps directly behind the ears that do not "float" and are not painful, you shouldn't panic. This trait is genetic and traceable back to certain regions of Africa. If you're not black and don't have any black blood relatives, but your family claims to have native American blood somewhere in its lineage, you might be interested to know that a lot of times people would claim they had NA blood in the to cover up that their offspring had a black parent in the lineage somewhere. Also, there could be some African blood intermingled in with the NA lineage unbeknownst to your family.

I've got these "lumps" myself, my parents took me to the doctor when I was little (about 25 years ago), and he said it was fine. I learned about the genetic aspect about 7 years ago while studying human biodiversity in college.

If the lumps "float", are painful, or haven't always been there, I'd go pay the doctor a visit just to be safe--or simply for peace of mind.

AnswerIf they are on the sides of your neck, below your ears, they are just your lymph nodes. Nothing to worry about.
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Pregnancy Symptoms
Miscarriages
Migraine Headaches

What are the early signs of pregnancy?

Sometimes a teenage girl may have an irregular period because her body is still a somewhat developing and settling into womanhood. Unless she has had sex, she cannot be pregnant. An easy way to check is to take a pregnancy test.

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Conditions and Diseases
Head, Ears, and Nose
Body Piercing
Migraine Headaches
Headaches

Does the nape piercing relieve tension headaches?

when i went to get a piercing the piercer showed me and he has like 10 nape piercings. he said he has never had a headache in his life since he got them. he said that mostly all the women that he has pierced their nape, get it for migraines. He swears by it. And said it never failed.

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Migraine Headaches

Does smoking marijuana cause migraines?

Smoking or otherwise consuming cannabis can trigger a migraine for some people. If the marijuana itself does not trigger some people, the fact that the pupil is dilated and takes in an extreme amount of light can trigger a migraine in those who find different light sources to be a major trigger for them.

However, marijuana can help abort a migraine as well. And even if it does not abort a migraine completely, it does provide relief from the effects of nausea. Once again, though - where in the middle of a migraine attack most sufferers are extremely light sensitive, it is imperative that they protect the eye after consuming cannabis so that they don't increase their pain.

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Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Migraine Headaches

Does Depakote have any side effects on the skin such as dark pigmentation spots on the face or sensitivity to the sun?

I have taken Depakote for almost 9 years with no side affects other some sunlight sensitivity after first starting to take the drug for bipolar manic-depression treatment. Depakote can affect the liver. A blood test for checking liver function is usually recommended. Talk to your doctor or pharamacist if you have any side affect concerns.

the only skin affected side effects are: Rash, alopceia(hair loss), sensitvity to sun, and dry skin. this drug may also make you more prone to buising also according to my nursing drug handbook

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Parenting and Children
Migraine Headaches
Childcare and Babysitting
HSC Maharashtra Board

What time will you go to bed tonight?

@11 pm

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