What exactly is a Migraine?
Many patients ask what tests might be helpful to diagnose their migraine. Is it an MRI, blood test, or scan that might be most helpful?
The thing to understand about these tests is they never tell the complete story of your health or disease.
To arrive at a proper diagnosis, you must consider the whole person, their health history, current symptoms and past, and other health conditions they may have and perhaps add some special tests such as MRI scans.
So yes, they can be helpful, but they tell us part of the story - which may be an essential part, or it may not influence your diagnosis or treatment at all.
So let's look at some of the currently available tests for migraine, which you may want to discuss with your health care practitioner. Testing is a part of the medical assessment and treatment process.
Blood tests are often used to rule out other conditions that can cause headaches and facial pain. Blood tests may check for...
Recent international studies have shown the average prevalence of tension-type headaches as 36% for men and 42% for women. With 23% of households today containing at least one migraine sufferer (6% of men and 18% of women). This has a huge impact on up to 60% of the sufferers and their family members who reported having to manage reductions in social activities and work capacity, on top of the pain.
Headache can have many causes or contributing factors; one of the most common being dysfunction of the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ and headaches can be complex in nature and if left untreated can lead to long term problems, such as migraines. Seeking the treatment from an expert is a must to get the right diagnosis, treatment and advice for your situation.
Over activation and stimulation of the muscles of the TMJ can cause tension and...
Are you wondering how to stop these bad habits now?
When it comes to your jaw health, there are some daily actions that we all perform with our mouths that are not necessarily related to the obvious eating, drinking, or speaking. Some of these actions may not be the greatest thing to do if you are suffering from jaw pain.
Have a read below - and really consider trying to break these bad habits as they can cause discomfort to your teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ - jaw)
1. Biting your fingernails. You may be completely unaware of this nervous habit, which means you could be biting your nails far more often than you know. Not only are you introducing a whole host of nasty germs into your mouth (yuck!) but you will likely be biting at awkward angles with your jaw to achieve a nice teeth-given manicure. To stop biting your nails, try to keep them trimmed, and use a flavored nail polish to help you stop biting. You can also...
Jaw pain? Trouble opening your mouth? Headaches?
If you have experienced them, you would know that severe temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be incredibly disabling.
Jaw pain can have a major impact on your daily life. Talking and eating can become hard - things that many of us take great pleasure in.
Many people don’t realise that TMJ dysfunction is a significant source of pain in the neck/head region – and that these conditions are highly treatable. Research suggests that around 20% of people may suffer from TMJ dysfunction, with a slightly higher prevalence in women.
Far too many of us these days have had some experience personally or with loved ones who are dealing with migraine and its physical, emotional and mental impact.
If you have a headache, the easiest thing to do is to pop a pill. But if you're one of those people who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, you know that this tactic doesn't work. Your head still aches and you're still miserable.
There are numerous reasons for chronic headaches, but it's often due to inflammation and imbalances in your brain and body. This is caused by many different things like nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, gut health, food sensitivities/intolerances, stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, and infections and toxins.
Though we don’t have all the answers yet, we do know that focusing on the essentials of brain health can have a big impact on reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, and often putting migraine into remission.
We have been researching brain...
Migraines can be devastating, and there are many new treatments on the horizon: drugs, diets and lifestyle changes.
But who should you see? And what remedies will help you the most?
The first step should be to see an excellent general practitioner or family doctor who can confirm that you have a migraine and, if possible, rule out other causes for your symptoms. They should also have a good neurologist that they can refer you to if needed and referrals to other migraine experts that can help you get to the root cause of your condition.
We know that the best migraine treatment is an integrative approach. People that commit to this "integrative" approach consistently put their migraines in remission.
However, the correct treatment for migraine is still controversial because there are many kinds of migraines and no single migraine treatment.
There is an arsenal of migraine medications (painkillers and anti-inflammatories), but because the body's inflammatory response...
Have you ever experienced dizziness and vertigo?
Are you wondering why is it occurring?
Still not sure of who should you consult?
If so, this complete guide to dizziness and vertigo is for you.
Vertigo and dizziness can arise from a range of conditions and can be severely debilitating. That’s why having a deep and clear understanding about these issues is a key step in finding long-term relief.
In this guide, we will dive deeper into the anatomy and physiology, symptoms, and different causes of dizziness and vertigo as well as some prescribed medications, ways on how to fix it, and home remedies and diets that can help reduce symptoms.
Inside the inner ear is a series of bony canals that are filled with fluid. These canals are oriented at different angles and, as the head moves, the fluid within the bony canals move. This sends messages to the brain telling it how fast and what direction to move the head and neck. The information...
If you are experiencing migraine attacks, then you know how debilitating they can be. That's why it's essential to work with a knowledgeable team about diagnosing and treating migraine headaches.
It's also important to know that you are not alone. There are many support networks out there for you, including the team here at Melbourne Headache Solutions.
This blog post will answer the most common questions that people ask about their migraine condition.
Migraine is a neurological condition affecting the brain, but it can cause symptoms throughout the entire body that can range from severe head pain, nausea and vomiting to temporary paralysis of parts of the body.
A migraine is classically described as an intense, throbbing headache usually on one side of the head accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. However, there can be a huge range of symptoms, and no two people’s migraine are...
Migraines can be debilitating, leaving you in pain and unable to function daily. If you're suffering from chronic migraines, you must find the proper treatment to stop your migraines before they have lasting effects on your life.
If it's been more than two years and you're still not seeing much improvement in your condition, it may be time to find a new doctor who can give you the kind of treatment that works best for you and your migraines.
However, finding the right migraine doctor to treat your condition can be challenging and time-consuming, especially if you don't know where to look or what questions to ask.
This article will help you find the best migraine doctor so you can reduce the number of migraines you experience and regain control of your life.
Here are some signs that it's time to move on and find a new migraine doctor:
If you’ve tried countless of medications...