What is the placebo effect?
Placebo comes from the latin word meaning «to please». A placebo is an inactive treatment (sugar pill) given to patients in medical studies to compare them to patients receiving the active treatment. Why are placebos important? For centuries, medicine has been plagued by worthless treatments…
What is the nocebo effect?
In another page, we have explained the placebo effect. The nocebo effect is the negative version of the placebo effect. Placebo comes form the latin word «to please». Nocebo comes from the latin word «to harm». The nocebo effect involves symptoms that are generated by…
My migraines make me miss work. What should I tell my employer?
Telling your employer about your medical history is a very personal decision. However, if your work performance is suffering and your absenteeism is now becoming an issue, it may be time to let your employer know why this is happening. It is unfortunate that there…
Is there a social burden associated with migraine?
Migraine does not cause paralysis or similar types of disability, but it can still cause a lot of problems for people. Although some people with migraine have only an occasional attack, many others have frequent attacks which can stop them from doing things that they…
I would like to avoid medications. What can I do to improve my lifestyle?
Although medication may be needed to alleviate severe pain in migraine, addressing lifestyle issues may prove beneficial to the migraineur in overall headache management and prevention. The ‘migraine brain’ does not do well with change. A well balanced lifestyle includes a routine of exercise, a…
Why is headache so hard to understand, and ultimately treat?
The list of Headache, is arguably one of the longest in medicine. Currently there are over 200 classified types for physicians to choose from – with roughly 18-19 falling into subcategories like ‘common types, migraine categories, rare headache types and uncommon types. Each Headache Type…
I have sinus headaches…could this be migraine?
Patients with migraine are often diagnosed as having sinus headache or “sinusitis”. Acute sinusitis is caused by an infection of the sinuses and is usually associated with other symptoms, such as coloured nasal drainage, fever, post nasal drip in the back of the throat and…
Is it necessary to have a scan or MRI to diagnose migraine?
There is no test that will diagnose migraine. The diagnosis is based on the symptoms that you describe to your doctor. After you have described your symptoms, your doctor will examine you to make sure that there is no sign of any other reason for…
What is a cluster headache?
Patients suffering from this type of headache describe unbearable attacks of pain located on one side of the face, usually around the eye or in the temple, often accompanied by lacrimation or a runny nose. There can be redness in the eye or eyelid closure….
What causes migraines?
Migraine headache are considered a “Primary” headache type. This means that it is not caused by or is secondary to other medical conditions, such as head trauma or brain tumors. Migraine is cause by a complex cerebral phenomenon. There is an electrical perturbation of the…
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