That’s what it takes to start a new clinic and feed the embers of a revolutionary healthcare model for those with headache and facial pain. In this post, I take a break from going over primary headache types to discuss this personal epiphany.
Primary headache syndromes include migraine, tension-type headache, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. This class of headaches includes subtypes like the cluster headache. It is one of the most painful conditions known to mankind. Indeed, this headache-type was once referred to as “suicide headache”.
As with any chronic condition, it is important to actively participate in healthy lifestyle modifications that can decrease headache burden. This is especially true of the primary headache types (which we will delve into in upcoming posts).
Lifestyle is more than nutrition and hydration, so it is important to focus on physical and mental health as well. Our brains like structure, but also need to be stimulated from an intellectual and social perspective.
Make a schedule and stick to it. Eat regular meals with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated and limit caffeine intake after 2pm. Wake up and go to bed around the same time each day. Include at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day. Start with low-impact activities like walking or yoga and work up to that goal. Include volunteer activities at least once per week.
Try to do something mentally stimulating (not frustrating!), like playing along with Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, or Sudoku at least one hour per day. Include volunteer activities and interaction with others (outside your immediate family) at least once per week.
Much like nutrition and hydration, these are general suggestions and your specific objectives should be tailored based on YOU! Happy Valentine’s Day :)
My New Year resolution for IHC is to increase awareness for headache and facial pain. I will take the next several blog posts to go over basic headache information and some lifestyle strategies that can help. In general, terms used to describe primary headache syndromes are often misunderstood and misused.
Primary headache syndromes include migraine, tension-type headache, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. Among the TACs is the most painful headache condition known to mankind: the cluster headache.
What many of us do not realize is that the gut-brain connection is quite strong. In migraine, one of the first symptoms is nausea (with or without vomiting) often caused secondary to gastroparesis. Gastro = gut, paresis = stop. Making a plan to focus on nutrition can help to improve headache burden.
International Headache Center will be closed on Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st in celebration of the New Year’s holiday. Regular Office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.
International Headache Center will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday December 26th.
International Headache Center will be closed from Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, November 26th.
Who better to field a headache question from my patient than me? I understand that sometimes, even though we may have reviewed the patient’s individual headache plan together in the office (or on the phone, etc.), once he/she leaves the office, the terminology or general plan can become confusing or fuzzy. So, if someone has a question about their treatment, and I am available in real-time, then they can contact me and I will do my best to answer and help him/her at the time of need!