Living with a balance disorder like vestibular migraine interferes with our quality of life. Working, driving, our ability to participate in activities with friends and family and function in a way that allows us to simply enjoy life are all inhibited by uncomfortable and at times disabling symptoms. Because of this it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified vestibular specialist who can decipher between similar symptoms caused by very different balance disorders and begin proper treatment. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. But, the three cornerstone treatments specialists typically recommend to alleviate distressing vestibular symptoms are vestibular rehabilitation therapy, lifestyle changes and medication that may include vestibular suppressants.
For as long as I can remember, I have considered myself a headachy person. At some point the headaches progressed to migraine. Fortunately, for most of my life I had infrequent episodic migraine (EM). An attack would start, I’d treat it with ibuprofen and I was better in an hour. I sought treatment when I began losing a few days per month to terrible attacks that didn’t respond to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies. Over time, my frequency of attacks increased and I “chronified” while under the care of my well-intentioned primary care physicians.
One of the salient features of migraine - what distinguishes migraine from other headache disorders - is the presence of nausea. You don’t have to experience nausea in order for your headache to be considered migraine, but most people do experience it as part of their migraine attacks. The nausea does not actually come from the gut, but it is due to activation of certain areas of the brain by inflammatory neurotransmitters. Many anti-nausea medications can treat migraine as well, and could be a helpful addition to your acute migraine treatment plan.
Finding a new doctor, especially a specialist is daunting. I recently undertook this stressful process as I moved from a part of the country where headache specialists were plentiful to my new home with very few options. And, of course, the wait for an appointment was months.
It’s that time again! We are Migraine World Summit enthusiasts and can’t wait for them to confirm the dates. We expect the dates to be in the middle of March and will update this when it’s officially announced. It’s a simple and powerful mission statement: To reduce the global burden of migraine. Since 2016, the Migraine World Summit (MWS or Summit) has brought together dozens of leading migraine experts, doctors and specialists from around the world. They are interviewed to help answer the most difficult questions for those with migraine in desperate need of relief. Best of all, there is no charge for this tremendous event. Register now so you can…
I was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraine in 2019, after a few years of struggling for a diagnosis for some odd symptoms and experiences. Here are five things I wish I’d known when I was trying to get diagnosed and when I was newly diagnosed.
Timolol eye drops for migraine is a big topic of conversation in our private Facebook group. Why would glaucoma eye drops be so interesting to people with migraine? A couple of small studies have shown Timolol maleate ophthalmic drops (0.5% solution) to be effective for treating acute migraine attacks. This article will explore how timolol for migraine and vestibular migraine can be an effective and less expensive option for treating attacks. The goal is to give you information to evaluate if Timolol maleate eye drops 0.5% ophthalmic solution is an appropriate treatment to discuss with your doctor.
One of the most common questions people with migraine have is, “what can I take to get rid of this migraine attack that is over-the-counter.” Another inquiry is about what to do when their usual acute medication is inconsistent. They are often surprised by hearing that Benadryl for migraine is often helpful.
It has been so exciting to witness the release of the new CGRP migraine treatments to treat and prevent migraine pain in the recent years. These are the first migraine specific acute medications to come out in decades since the Triptans. They are also the first preventive medications to ever develop specifically for migraine! If you have chronic migraine, CGRP migraine treatment may help prevent migraine attacks and/or make them less severe.
Constipation and I go way back. We have been lifelong companions though not friends. I can confidently say that after decades, I now have the upper-hand and rarely fall into the “strained” relationship. OK, pardon the pun. As a registered dietitian, I am sure that my professional and personal experience can help you with migraine and constipation.