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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Sat, Mar 28 5:22pm · 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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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Sat, Nov 22 2014 · View  

Weekend Wellness: Tracking headaches may help teen see patterns, avoid triggers

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter, 16, has had headaches off and on for the past year. Ibuprofen seems to help, and she says the headaches are not severe. But I am concerned that they are so frequent. What could be the cause of recurring headaches in teens? young teenaged woman with migraine or tension headache

ANSWER: Headaches in teens are common. In most cases, they are not symptoms of a larger medical problem. But when headaches continue, it is a good idea to have them evaluated. There also are steps to take at home that may help reduce headaches.

There are many kinds of headaches. Two of the most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. Tension headaches are often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. A migraine headache usually causes intense throbbing on one side of the head. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. [...]

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Micah Dorfner (@micahd7) posted · Tue, Aug 12 2014 · View  

Understanding Headache Types is Key to Treatment

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We have all experienced the annoying, relentless and throbbing pain associated with a headache. They can slow us down or even bring us to a complete stop. However, did you know that there are several different types of headaches, and knowing the type you've got can be the first step in effectively treating it?

Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Erin Pokorny takes a look at different types of headaches and shares what you can do to fight them.

  • Tension-type headaches: These are considered to be the most common types of headaches. They are often described as dull and achy and are often brought on by stress, neck pain, missing meals and a variety of other things. Treatment options: Tension-type headaches can often be treated by over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You may also want to try alternative treatments including meditation, relaxation training and massage.
  • Migraines: We've all heard about migraines, and we know that they’re not to be taken lightly. The pain associated with migraines is often described as throbbing and severe. Migraines are often associated with nausea, vomiting or increased sensitivity to light and sound. Pain may worsen with increased activity. Untreated, migraines can typically last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Treatment options: If you know the triggers for your migraines, make sure to avoid these known causes. Over-the-counter medication can help. Other treatment options include prescription medications; rest in a quiet, dark room; or a hot/cold compress to the head or neck.


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Aug 28 2013 · View  

It's TIME for a #migrainechat


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 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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Admin (@hinadmin) posted · Fri, Nov 15 2013 · 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 (@danasparks) posted · Tue, Jul 16 2013 · 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 (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Jul 3 2013 · 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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