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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)…

BOTOX® : coverage and access in Canada

What is BOTOX®? BOTOX® was approved by Health Canada in 2011 to treat chronic migraine and it has been available in Canada for over 30 years.  It is also used to treat a number of other medical conditions including blepharospasm, strabismus, spasticity (including spasticity of the foot…

Nerve Blocks anatomy: they put a needle where and why?

The head and the neck are closely related, even more than we might think. Look at the image below, describing the nerve networks of the face and neck. A nerve is like an electric wire. When they bundle together, they form roots (equivalent of a…

Injections and blocks for headaches: practical details

There are different types of injections that can be made to improve neck-influenced headache (cervicogenic headache). The link between neck pain and headaches can be complex. See this post The injections can be made with local anesthetics (similar to the freezing product used by dentists),…

Hydration and Migraine

Dehydration is a common trigger for migraines, but how does it happen, and what can we do to prevent it? Dehydration occurs when the body loses more liquid than it takes in. We have to consider what gets in, what gets out and the body…

Migraine Triggers

Understanding migraine triggers is a helpful tool for managing migraine. While triggers can be different for everyone and there is no single trigger that all migraine sufferers experience, there are some triggers that are common, especially when it comes to diet. How many people report…

Checklist : Healthy nutrition for migraine

Here is an easy checklist of healthy changes you can make to your diet that could help your migraine. Do this before you engage in any more complicated diet.  Drink more water, herbal tea Drink less juice, caffeine, alcohol Stop drinking sodas Do not skip…