5 New Ways to Ease Headache Pain

Many of us struggle with headaches. More than 40 million Americans have headaches that are chronic and recurring, according to the National Headache Foundation. Some key contributors to head pain include stress, alcohol, skipping meals, nitrates, menstruation, weather changes, bright lights, exertion, exposure to smoke, high altitude, strong odors and alteration of sleep. Today, there … Read More

Does Weather Trigger Migraines? (Video)

If a storm in the forecast fills you with fear of a migraine, you’re not alone. Research about weather as a migraine trigger is not definitive. But many people report feeling a strong connection between what’s happening outside and what’s going on inside their heads. Along with stress, certain foods and other triggers, weather can … Read More

Struggling With Chronic Pain?

The day started like a usual Monday morning. It was early morning, and I was already in my office, beginning the painstaking ritual of sorting through all the email that piled up over the weekend. I started skimming through an email about a study called, “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain,” published in the journal Archives of … Read More

What’s New in Pain Treatments

Treatment of pain, particularly headaches and back and cancer pain, has always been a challenge. Recent technological developments in pain management, as well as new variations on ancient methods, can help to eliminate or ease tough pain. Here are a few of these treatments that have shown success in pain management. Headache pain Occipital nerve … Read More

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Headache Q&A: Test Yourself

You probably know someone who suffers from headaches — most of us do. But how well do you understand this common pain condition? Test your knowledge of headaches with our Q&A. Cynthia Bamford, MD, an expert from the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Center for Pain, provides the answers. Q: What is the most common cause … Read More

Is Your Child Suffering From Migraines?

Headaches are very common in children and adolescents. An estimated 20 percent of adult headache sufferers say they started before age 10. Dr. A. David Rothner, a pediatric neurologist at Cleveland Clinic, says there are two early warning signs when it comes to kids and the development of migraines. “There are two disorders that are … Read More

Stay Safe in Summer Heat

Can you feel the heat? It’s a scorcher. Ninety-degree weather is forecasted for several parts of the country. Tom Waters, MD, is an emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Department. He says today’s conditions are just right for a heat emergency. High temperatures paired with humidity can cause problems because these conditions make it … Read More

3-D: Are Your Eyes Up For It?

Blockbuster season is in full swing, with more 3-D movie options than ever — from superhero fare like The Avengers to kid-friendly flicks such as Ice Age: Continental Drift. Donning funny glasses to view a 3-D movie in a theater and dodge the action spilling toward you isn’t easy for everyone, though. Both eyes must … Read More

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Attacking Migraines

From drugs to deep breathing, doctors have an arsenal of weapons to deploy against migraine headaches. While no sure-fire cure exists, most patients respond to treatment, often with a combination of therapies. Some possible headache triggers, such as weather changes, are uncontrollable. Even so, changing what you can control is preferable to taking medication. Assess … Read More

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness During Summer

The summer months are fast approaching, and with that can come the increased risk of heat-related illness (HRI) ranging from heat cramps and exhaustion to heat stroke — especially for athletes. Signs and symptoms include headache, nausea, decreased urination, and in extreme situations can lead to delirium, coma and even death. It’s important for coaches, … Read More