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Do you know that migraine pain is a complex neurological condition; which can affect the whole body and can result in many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all. It may be easily overlooked or mistaken for other conditions and can affect people in many different ways. 

Some of the symptom of migraine may include: flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, nausea, vomiting, debilitating head pain, pins and needles & even numbness in the limbs.Migraine is triggered by an enormous variety of factors - not just cheese, chocolate and red wine! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated. When these triggers occur altogether, a threshold is passed and a migraine is triggered. The best way to find your triggers is to keep a migraine diary.

Thanks to modern technology; A drug-free & non-invasive migraine treatment option is now available. Many people suffer from frequent migraine attacks and a significant...

We first have to remember that motion sickness is not a serious illness and may be prevented. It is commonly defined as the feeling of cold sweat,  nausea, dizziness accompanied with vomiting when a persons' sense of balance is disrupted by constant motion. Riding in a car, aboard a ship or boat may cause stimulation of the vestibular system and visual stimulation that often leads to motion sickness. It usually quiets down as soon as the motion stops. The more you travel, the more easily you'll adjust to being in motion.

While all five of the body's sensory organs contribute to motion sickness, excessstimulation to the vestibular system within the inner ear has been shown to be one of the primary reasons for this condition.Balance problems, or vertigo, are caused by a conflict between what...

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) or the commonly called “Facial Pain” is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve that causes episodes of intense, sharp shooting, stabbing pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed – lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. It usually occurs in short, unpredictable attacks that can last from a few seconds to about two minutes. People with the condition may experience attacks of pain regularly for days, weeks or months at a time. In severe cases attacks may occur hundreds of times a day.

Here are a few symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia: Sharp pain / Pain that comes and goes / Pain must be in the distribution of the trigeminal nerve . Attacks of facial pain may be triggered by certain actions or movements, such as:

  • talking

  • smiling

  • chewing

  • brushing your teeth

  • washing your face

  • a light touch

  • shaving or putting on make-up

  • swallowing

  • kissing

  • a cool breeze or air condit...

Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Your heart is a muscle. Therefore working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardio-vascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This enables your cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity. Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level. 

Some of the Best Cardio Workouts Are:

Walking – This is the easiest and safest way to start getting in your cardio.

Elliptical – Minimal impact on the knees and hips but calorie burning is still high.  When you increase the incline you will activate more muscles.

Running –  This one is easy to understand.  Just remember if you train like a...

It is pretty common to see the occurrence of stroke in patients that are 60 years of age and above; but do you know that based on studies in the U.S.; more than 10% of stroke patients are below the age of 45. As a mater of facts, other studies shows:

  • From birth to age 19, there are nearly 5 strokes for every 100,000 children.

  • Stroke in all people under 45 ranges from 7 to 15 per 100,000.

  • There has been a 32% spike in stroke cases among 18 to 34 year old women and a 15% increase for men in the same range. 

The most common symptoms of stroke, including loss of speech, facial droop, and weakness on one side of the body are the same in this younger age group as those in the older age group. Other symptoms can include vision loss, double vision, slurred speech, dizziness, or difficulty walking. 

About 80-85% of all strokes at any age are caused by a clot blocking blood flow in the brain. This is called an ischemic stroke. The first line of treatme...

Brain aneurysm bulges out of a weakened spot in an artery wall. The weakening results from an abnormal loss of the tissue making up the muscular layer of the artery. If that weak area ruptures, blood flows into the brain cutting off oxygen to brain cells, a situation that can cause permanent disability or even be fatal.

it can be similar to heart attacks. Just like a person may have no warning of an impending heart attack, there almost is never a warning that a brain aneurysm is about to rupture. Fortunately, through imaging screening techniques, individuals at high risk of harboring a brain aneurysm can be identified easily with non-invasive imaging tests.

Two quick and safe ways to screen for aneurysms include MRI with MRA (Magnetic Resonance Imaging with angiography) and CT with CTA (Computed Tomography with Angiography). Images that are obtained during these studies will reliably detect aneurysms as small as 2 mm. There are advantages and disadvantages of each of these types of studi...

Dizziness is a common symptom that’s not usually a sign of anything serious, but should be investigated by a doctor. The term "dizziness" means different things to different people – some use it to describe feeling lightheaded or off balance, while others use it to describe a feeling that their surroundings are spinning.

Because the symptom is quite vague and can be caused by a wide range of things, it may not always be easy to identify the underlying cause of dizziness. Dizziness can sometimes be caused by an ear condition. A simple way of distinguishing between ear-related dizziness and dizziness due to other causes is to determine whether it occurs only when you're upright or also when you're lying down.

Dizziness Scale:

Mild: walks normal

Moderate: interferes with normal activities such as playing, school or sports

Severe: can't stand, needs support to walk, feels like passing out now

Dizziness in children is commonly caused by spinning for too lon...

Dizziness is one of the more common reasons adults visit their doctors. Frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can significantly affect your life. But dizziness rarely signals a life-threatening condition. More than 4 out of 10 people experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor. Dizziness changes your sense of balance and can increase your risk of falling.

Dizziness often gets better without treatment. Within a couple of weeks, the body usually adapts to whatever is causing it.  If you seek treatment, your doctor will base it on the cause of your condition and your symptoms. It may include medications and balance exercises. Even if no cause is found or if your dizziness persists, prescription drugs and other treatments may make your symptoms more manageable. Here are a few ways to treat Dizziness or Vertigo without using medicines.

  • Head position maneuvers. A technique called canalith repositioning (or Epley maneuver) usually helps resolve benig...

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. It is is a medical emergency! Immediate treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. The great news is that strokes can be treated and prevented.

Stroke risk rises with age, and there is much you can do to lower your risk. A heart-healthy diet and lifestyle is essential. This includes:

  • If you smoke, stop.

  • Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.

  • Lose weight, if you are overweight.

  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy products and reduce consumptions of meats, sweets, and refined grains (such as white bread or white rice).

  • Eat less salt (sodium).

  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Immediate action has a few important benefits. For one thing, you could find out that you are not...

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