patient education

To Calendar, or not to calendar...

To Calendar, or not to calendar...

That is the question! And the focus of today’s blog post. In the past several weeks, I have noticed more posts, articles and videos recommending against keeping a calendar after years of being told that it is best to do so. As with everything in this life, everything in moderation and take advice (including mine) with a grain of salt.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headaches

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”.

Headache: Primary vs Secondary

Headache: Primary vs Secondary

Headache is a term used to describe any discomfort above the shoulders, so it typically includes the head and face.  It is a symptom, not a diagnosis. “Headache” is the broader umbrella term under which primary and secondary headaches fall. These subcategories can then be further divided.   

Broaching Cluster

Broaching Cluster

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.

Nutrition and Headache

Nutrition and 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.