Category: The Migraine Tree

Tips for Athletes with Migraine

Whether you’re a professional athlete or play sports casually, migraines can affect your ability to participate in athletics. Being aware of how to manage your symptoms and prevent migraine attacks are key to limiting the effect of migraines on your athletic commitments. Here are a…

Travelling tips when you live with migraine

Are you in the midst of planning a trip and concerned about how migraines will affect your travels? We’ve put together this list of commonly asked questions and answers to help you. Is travelling a bad idea if I get migraines? The answer to this…

Trigeminal neuralgia

What is trigeminal neuralgia? Trigeminal neuralgia is a type of facial pain. It is caused by a problem with the trigeminal nerve, which is a nerve that is responsible for sensation in the face. The pain is typically described as sharp, brief, electrical. The pain is…

Tension Type Headache

A tension type headache is very different from a migraine. Here are a few facts about tension type headache.  What does a tension type headache feel like?  The pain is mild to moderate, not severe, which does not prevent you from functioning Pain on both sides…

I have sinus headaches… could it be migraine?

Patients with migraine are often falsely diagnosed as having sinus headache or “sinusitis”. Can a sinusitis cause a headache? YES. A true sinusitis can cause severe headaches, sometimes associated with facial tenderness when the areas over the sinuses are touched or when the person bends…

Sleep apnea and migraine

What is sleep apnea?  Sleep apnea means that the breathing stops during sleep, either because the airway gets blocked or because the drive to breathe from the brain stops. Eventually, the low oxygen triggers a gasp for air and the person starts breathing again. What…

How many people have headaches?

Headache is a common symptom that can be caused more than 200 different medical problems (see this link). Some causes are very visible (like brain tumors), but the most common causes like migraine and tension type headache are not visible on available imaging. Tension type…

What should your employer know about migraine?

Does your employer understand what migraine is? Here are a few informations that could be worth sharing.  1. Migraine is more than a headache  Migraine is not only a headache. It is accompanied by other symptoms like Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells and movement.  Nausea…

Migraine preventives : doses, side effects and contra-indications

Migraine Canada is a patient association, not a treating health care provider. MC cannot provide medical advice. Nevertheless, basics on medications are public knowledge and many people ask about this type of medical information. This table is given as general reference. Any decision to take…

Pacing How

Living with migraine is like a roller coaster  «I feel like I’m never on top of things. I’m either in the middle of an attack or catching up after one. I feel bad that my co-workers/spouse must cover for me when I am sick so…

Key points about physiotherapy for migraine and headaches

What do we know about the role of physiotherapy for migraine and other headaches? What do the physios do? Does it work? How can we tell if it is worth recommending physio to a person? Here are some key points about physiotherapy for migraine and…

Weight: is it associated with migraine?

Being overweight or obese is associated with chronic migraine. Many studies have confirmed this. In consequence, physicians are taught to advise people with migraine to «lose weight». Is there anything more frustrating than being told that «you should lose weight?» Like it was an easy…

Weight loss : tips for the person with migraine…or, really, anyone

Your weight is a reflection of your genes, environment, and lifestyle choices. You can’t change your genes, but you can modify your environment and lifestyle. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of chronic headaches. (See this post) Environment: It is common in North America…

Patient Home Exercise Program

Topics: Seated Scalene Stretch Cervical Isometric Neck Extension Hitchhicker Stretch Shoulder Squeeze Standing Pivot Latissium Dorsi Stretch Supine Shoulder Squeeze Position 1 Supine Shoulder Squeeze Position 2 Supine Shoulder Squeeze Position 3 Hitchhicker Standing Patient Home Exercise Program Post#727

Magnets for migraine : transcranial magnetic stimulation

Modulating the electrical activity of the brain can be done with devices. We call those neuromodulation devices. One such therapy is single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulator (sTMS), now approved in the USA for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine in adults.   How does sTMS…

Cefaly: transcutaneous stimulation for migraine

What is the Cefaly device?  Cefaly is a device that sends electrical signals to stimulate the sensory nerves of the face. The stimulus passes through trigeminal nerve to the trigeminal nucleus in the brainstem. This area is involved in initiating migraines. It is thought that…

Migraine in School

What is the effect of migraine on school activities? Migraine is common in children and adolescents as well as university students. Before puberty, 10% of children, boys and girls equally, have migraine.  Disabling and frequent migraine attacks can have an impact on the quality of…

Botox for migraines: how does it work and how effective is it?

What is Botox? Botox is a protein called Onabotulinum toxin A. In nature, this protein is produced by a bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum. The protein used for medical therapy is a purified form.  Botox has been used for many years for wrinkles or to treat strabismus,…

Botox side effects and risks

Is Botox dangerous? «toxin» sounds scary  Botox is a protein, purified from a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. It blocks neurotransmission, which means it stops the nerves talking to their targets (muscles, sweat glands, skin receptors). See more on how Botox works here. (See this post)…