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Migraineurs often report experiencing "dizziness" during migraine attacks, but in medical jargon "dizziness" is a highly non-specific symptom. In many cases, the "dizziness" migraineurs describe simply implies they are dehydrated from migraine-associated nausea and vomiting or a general disinterest in taking fluids by mouth.
For those who have never experienced migraine, migraine is generally considered "just a headache". To the other 12% percent of Americans who are migraineurs, however, a migraine attack often is something much more: a "whole body experience", as some patients describe it…and typically not a pleasant one.
Why does CTTH appear to be so much more prevalent in DC…at least in the university-based headache clinic population? Is it DC’s horrendous traffic and long commutes?
Even working with a medical provider you trust, the process of finding an effective migraine prevention treatment can be frustrating. What you want is a treatment that will significantly reduce your headache burden, will do so within a relatively short time of beginning the treatment and will not cause a bundle of side effects worse than the migraine it’s intended to treat.
Ligia Mendizabal, a Guatemalan-born artist and long-time native of Corpus Christi, was featured in volume 4 of Migraineur.
Cynthia Andress is a woman blessed with an abundance of energy: physical, emotional and intellectual. On any given day, a morning spent teaching hip-hop at the local YMCA may be followed by a day of graduate classes in public health policy and then an evening of conversation with her 3 sons involving topics that range from emerging viral infections to the fine points of long-stick lacrosse. This eclectic woman has migraine, but it doesn’t seem to slow her down.
Many patients presenting to a medical provider for evaluation of migraine become uneasy - even angry - when that provider fails to order a brain CT or MRI scan. Understandably convinced that "there must be something wrong with my brain to cause this terrible pain", they worry that a brain tumor, aneurysm or some similarly serious structural abnormality will be missed unless a scan is performed.