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Dana Sparks

Sat, Mar 28 at 5:22pm EDT by danasparks · View  

“What is a migraine headache?”

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Lake City, Minn. - Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician Rachel Batdorf, M.D., says, "Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling."  In about 15 percent of cases, these painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. [...]

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Dana Sparks

Aug 28, 2013 by danasparks · View  

It's TIME for a #migrainechat


Man in blue shirt and striped tie with glasses holding his head with both hands like he has a severe headache


 Join @TIME's @AliceParkNY for a #migrainechat - Thursday Aug. 29th, 1 to 2 p.m. ET

Mayo Clinic neurologist @daviddodick is participating, along with specialists from other medical institutions, the @AANPublic and the @ahsheadache.  

Topics will include:  

  • Long-term effects of migraines
  • How migraines effect social life, job and stress
  • Difference between headaches and migraines and different types of migraines
  • Who gets them and what are the triggers
  • Treatments and how to prevent
  • New research

Never participated in a chat before, or want tips on how to participate effectively? Watch this video. Questions? E-mail Nick Hanson at

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Tech Admin

Aug 28, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

Kids and Migraines: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Kenneth Mack addresses migraine headache in kids.

To listen, click the link below.

Kids and Migraines

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Dana Sparks

Jul 16, 2013 by danasparks · View  

TUESDAY Q & A: Lifestyle changes may help reduce how often migraine headaches occur

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m a 38-year-old woman, and I get migraine headaches occasionally, usually one every few months. I have a hard time functioning when I have a migraine. I don’t want to take medication for this problem if I don’t have to. Are there ways to prevent or treat migraine headaches without medication?

ANSWER: Even if you don’t get them very often, migraine headaches can have a big impact on your life. A number of lifestyle changes may help reduce how often you get migraine. But if they continue, talk with your doctor about other treatment options.

Migraine headaches involve moderate to severe pain that is often throbbing and typically affects one side of the head. The pain usually gets worse with exertion such as climbing stairs. Additional symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound, also accompany a migraine attack.

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Dennis Douda

Jun 26, 2013 by ddouda · View  

Mayo Clinic Headache Expert Launches Migraine Campaign on TODAY Show

Mayo Clinic neurologist David Dodick, M.D., officially launched the 36 Million Migraine Campaign. It's named for the estimated 36 million Americans afflicted with chronic migraine headache pain. Dr. Dodick says if the campaign can raise one dollar for each of those people it would triple the amount of funding the federal government provides annually for migraine research. He announced details of the public awareness effort Thursday morning on NBC's Today Show.

Dr. Dodick is Chair of the American Migraine Foundation and the chair of Mayo Clinic's Headache Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Dodick says, according the World Health Organization, migraine headache is the third most common medical problem on the planet. It is also the 4th most disabling condition among women in the United States.

Dr. Dodick says money raised by the campaign will be spent directly on finding better treatments and potential cures for migraine headaches, which often have a genetic link .

Here's a link to the show.

Journalists wishing to arrange interviews with Dr. Dodick may contact Jim McVeigh at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs by calling 480-301-4222. Journalists may also use any part of the online video interview with Dr. Dodick as needed.

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Tech Admin

Apr 1, 2011 by hinadmin · View  

Migraines and Vertigo

In this Medical Edge Radio episode, we look at the association between vertigo and migraines with Mayo Clinic Dr. Scott Eggers.

To listen, click the link below.

Migraine and Vertigo

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Shawn Bishop

Feb 22, 2011 by Shawngbishop · View  

Complex Migraine

More than 28 million Americans — three times more women than men — suffer from migraine, a type of headache that's often severe. Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling. With a "complex migraine" symptoms can include weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking in addition to a headache – often mimicking a stroke.
In the video below David Dodick, M.D., neurologist, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, explains the symptoms, triggers and treatment for complex migraines. A nationally recognized expert on headaches, Dr. Dodick is the president of the American Headache Society, Editor-in-Chief of Cephalalgia, Director and Founder of the Headache Program and Headache Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He is also the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Concussion Program.

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