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Managing Chronic Migraines as a Parent – Tips for Moms and Dads

September 29, 2019 | 9:42pm

Being a parent is a fantastic and rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly hard sometimes, especially for migraine sufferers. From constantly worrying about the well-being of others, to not having a single moment alone to yourself, it’s no wonder many parents are seriously sleep-deprived. The relationship between lack of sleep and migraines has been well documented. Researchers conducting animal studies have found that sleep deprivation triggers changes in the nervous system that allows for migraines to occur. For individuals who already get the occasional migraine, the lack of sleep and the constant stress that comes from parenting can be a recipe for disaster. 5 Tips for Successful Parenting with Migraines Always be prepared Though we usually think of being prepared for migraines as having the right medications on hand or avoiding sure-fire triggers, preparing yourself for the inevitable can take many different forms. For instance, having a few frozen lunches or dinners that your kids like waiting to be thawed in case of an emergency will save you the stress of figuring out...

7 Health Conditions Associated with Migraines

September 29, 2019 | 9:29pm

There’s no question about it: migraines can be extremely painful and debilitating. But did you know that they can also affect your health? Migraines can impact the body in several different ways. From increasing the risk for cardiovascular problems to triggering digestive issues, these are seven conditions that are associated with migraines.   Coexisting Conditions vs. Comorbidity When two conditions are found in the same person but the incidence is not greater than what is seen in the general population, these are referred to as coexisting conditions. For example, a patient may have migraine and asthma. There is no evidence suggesting that these two conditions exist in a single patient more frequently than these conditions exist in individual patients in the general population. In contrast, migraine and depression appear to be comorbid because they occur together more often than they occur in individual patients in the general population. Depression Anxiety Stroke Irritable bowel syndrome Epilepsy Hypertension These illnesses are now recognized as being common migraine comorbidities. Insomnia Migraines and insomnia have a two-way relationship; poor...

5 Facts You Need to Know About Joint Pain

September 27, 2019 | 11:27am

Joints are the places on the body where two or more bones meet. Humans have three main types of joints: synovial, cartilaginous, and fibrous. Synovial joints are freely moveable, meaning that they allow you to extend, rotate or pivot the bones to which they are connected. Some common examples of synovial joints are the knee, elbow, wrist, and knuckle joints. Cartilaginous and fibrous joints provide little to no range of motion; the fibers that connect the bones on your skull are examples of fibrous joints. Cartilaginous joints can be found in between the vertebrae or connecting the pubic bones. When we talk about joint pain, we are typically referring to synovial joints. Synovial joints, as the name suggests, are surrounded by a membrane filled with synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a viscous liquid that keeps joints lubricated, but too much of it can trigger inflammation and pain. More often than not, join pain occurs when there is a buildup of synovial fluid caused by normal wear and tear, an injury or an autoimmune condition. Joint...

CBD, CBD, CBD, OMG!

September 23, 2019 | 10:38am

Unless you have been living on a remote tropical island (and if you are I am jealous),  it is unlikely that you have not been exposed to the nonstop hype and claims about CBD being a cure for every illness known to men or women-- So I felt a need to put this huge and growing topic into perspective for my readers.  In other words, what we do and do not know, and whether or not there is a rational approach for most people. WHAT WE DO AND DO NOT KNOW ABOUT CBD The two compounds thought to be potentially therapeutic that occur both in cannabis (marijuana) and hemp which are two different plants,  are THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Chemically speaking, CBD and THC are almost identical, however, once they enter the body they interact with receptors that produce different effects.  THC causes the "high" feeling associated with recreational marijuana but CBD does not.  CBD is associated with the myriad of unsubstantiated claims being made. THC containing products in excess of .3% are...

Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic

September 16, 2019 | 11:21am

September is Pain Awareness Month, and  a good time to discuss the current opioid overdose crisis that is going on in the country and  various non-addictive options. If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the recent opioid epidemic. In 2017 alone, more than 70,000 Americans died of opioid-related drug overdoses – a 45% increase from the previous year. The opioid epidemic has become such a big problem, that in 2017 the U.S Department of Health and Human Services declared it a public health emergency and proposed a 5-point strategy to address the crisis that’s still in action. Synthetic (man-made) opioids are prescribed to manage pain after surgeries and are also sometimes prescribed to patients who suffer from chronic or severe pain. However, since the 1990s, illicit opioids manufactured by illegal pharmaceutical laboratories have also become a popular recreational drug. Common drug names and brand names of opiods include; Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Pseudoephendrine, Morpine, Fentanyl, Codeine, Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Tramadol to name a few.  The main problem with these drugs is...

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