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Migraine Hangover: What It Feels Like & How to Ease Symptoms

Migraine Hangover: What It Feels Like & How to Ease Symptoms

You did it. You survived your migraine attack. Your headache pain is gone, the dizziness has faded away, and you’re ready to exit your dark, quiet cave and start living life again. But just when you thought the migraine storm had passed, the next wave arrives — the migraine hangover. And no, I’m not talking about the kind that comes after a night of bar-hopping. I’m talking about postdrome – the final phase of migraine that often mirrors how you...
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Hemiplegic Migraine or Stroke? How To Tell the Difference

Hemiplegic Migraine or Stroke? How To Tell the Difference

Although nearly 40 million people in the United States struggle with migraines on a regular basis, only 1% of migraineurs get hemiplegic migraines. About 25% of migraine patients experience aura.1 But only about 0.01% of the population suffers from hemiplegic migraine.2  What is a hemiplegic migraine?  The word hemiplegic derives from hemiplegia, which means paralysis on one side of the body. During a hemiplegic migraine attack, a person might have the same symptoms as a regular migraine – severe head...
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What Research Says About Headache in Transgender and Gender-Diverse Patients

What Research Says About Headache in Transgender and Gender-Diverse Patients

Migraine and severe headache are highly prevalent among US adults, affecting about 1 in 6 Americans. However, not all populations affected have the same experiences and needs. Even the amount of research done regarding headache disorders differs from one population to another. For example, headache disorder research in transgender and gender-diverse populations is limited. The goal of current and future research is to learn more about the effects of the disorders and find proper treatments for them. Gender has long been...
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Having Migraines in Midlife Could Increase Your Risk For Dementia

Having Migraines in Midlife Could Increase Your Risk For Dementia

Having migraines with aura in midlife can increase your chances of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. For the study published in The Journal of Headache and Pain, investigators looked at 30-year medical data from all inhabitants of Denmark born between 1935-1956. The purpose of the analysis was to see whether those who had received a migraine diagnosis in midlife were also more likely to receive a dementia diagnosis later in life compared to those without migraine.    ...
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It’s All in the Family: Are Migraines Genetic?

It’s All in the Family: Are Migraines Genetic?

Although doctors and scientists still don’t fully understand what causes some people to develop this debilitating disorder, evidence suggests migraine can be hereditary. Keep reading to find out more about familial migraine. Not just a bad headache — understanding migraines People that have never had a migraine before tend to think they are just “a (really) bad headache.” And yes, a miserable, head-splitting headache is often part of a migraine, but there is so much more to this complex condition...
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Migraines Can Affect the Stages of Sleep, Study Finds

Migraines Can Affect the Stages of Sleep, Study Finds

Migraines and Sleep If you’re one of the 35 million Americans suffering from migraines, you’re probably aware of how these debilitating headaches can wreak havoc on your nightly slumber. Most folks with migraine report experiencing sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and trouble falling or staying asleep. There’s also evidence that both sleeplessness and too much sleep can trigger migraines in sensitive individuals. Now, a study published recently in Neurology reported that people with migraines may get less quality REM sleep...
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