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Firstly we have to know that our neck is a flexible connection between your head and the rest of your body  Many vital structures pass through this area of the body.. Because of its location and range-of-motion, it is often left unprotected and subject to injury.

Neck pain can result from many different causes — from injury, to age-related disorders, or inflammatory disease. Causes of neck pain and problems may include the following:

  • Injury

  • Herniated cervical disk

  • Arthritis 

  • Cervical disk degeneration

  • Congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae and bones

  • Tumors

Doctors diagnose neck pain by conducting  any or all of the following: Bloodtest, X-ray, Electromyogram (EMG), Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some of the most common treatment given to patients are:

Treatment may include:

  • Medication (for inflammation)

  • Medication (for pain)

  • Rest

  • Physical therapy

    ...

Headache is one of the most common disorder of the nervous system. It happen when the nerve endings in different parts of your head and neck become irritated. Common complaint are  pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. 

A typical headache may lasts for about 3-4 hours. But for some people, severe headaches drag on much longer, sometimes for several days or months. Here are some of the possible causes of your "never ending headache" namely:

  • Hemicrania Continua - It is a continuous & fluctuating pain without shifting sides of the head. The pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.

  • Rebound Headache - It is caused by a prolong & regular use of certain medications to treat headaches, such as migraine. Over the counter pain relievers may provide temporary relief.

  • Depression - According to studies; a generalized aches and pains is one of the main symptoms of depressive individuals.  

It is advisable to visit a headache specialist when you...

Are you one of those people who suffer from severe headache on a daily basis? When a  person experiences headache pain at least 15 days or more in a month then you may be classified under the Chronic Daily Headache (CDH) category. Some people may even experience these headaches for a period of six months or longer. 

In some cases, Chronic Daily Headache may be associated with the following:

  • History of Migraine

  • Previous Head Injury

  • Previous Trauma

  • Medication overdose

  • Obesity

  • Stressful Life Events

Common signs of Chronic Daily Headache:

  • Pain on both side of the head

  • Tightening or Pressing pain

  • Throbbing pain 

Chronic Daily Headaches can interfere with your job, your relationships and your quality of life. Here are suggestions to help you cope with the challenges.

  • Take control- Commit yourself to living a full, satisfying life. Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Take good care of yourself. Do thing...

Based on studies conducted; Menstrual Migraine affects 60% of the women. Menstrually Related Migraine (MRM_ can be effectively managed with strategies similar to those used for non-MRM. Behavioral management is an important concept in menstrual as well as nonmenstrual migraine. Menstruation is one of many factors that puts women at risk for migraine. Hormonal changes are just one of many potential trigger factors.

Around 50 per cent of women notice a link between migraine and their periods. This may not be apparent until a woman reaches her late 30s or 40s, despite having had migraine since her teens or 20s. Women with other period problems often do not recognize that the accompanying headaches are actually migraine. 

Menstrual migraines are primarily caused by estrogen, the female sex hormone that specifically regulates the menstrual cycle fluctuations throughout the cycle. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone change, women will be more vulnerable to headaches. Because oral cont...

If you have headaches that occur between 2 days before your period and in the first 3 days of flow, and if those headaches are more severe, or light bothers you more with those headaches, odds are you have menstrual migraine. Menstrual migraine is fueled by the drop in usual estrogen levels that occurs just prior to the menstrual period. The menstrual migraine window is considered 2 days before flow starts and continues for the first 3 days of menses.

Around 50 per cent of women notice a link between migraine and their periods. This may not be apparent until a woman reaches her late 30s or 40s, despite having had migraine since her teens or 20s. Women with other period problems often do not recognize that the accompanying headaches are actually migraine. 

Studies have shown that migraine can be triggered by a drop in Estrogen levels, such as naturally occurs around menstruation. Estrogen ‘withdrawal’ also triggers migraine in other situations such as the pill-free interval of combined or...

Depression is certainly no laughing matter. We recently heard of the news regarding the celebrity chef & CNN Star, Anthony Bourdains' death (apparent suicide) last week. According to news reports the culprit was depression. 

Depression is a disorder by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. This illness can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry, and it is often accompanied by feelings of anxiety. It can strike anyone, and is manageable in very many cases.   

This is different from feeling sad or feeling down. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels at one time or another due to particular cause. Well, depression is an intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness and helplessness and the feeling stays within a person instead of going away. 

There are certainly many signs of depression  because this soul-destroying illness affects each person differently, and in its d...

Do not panic! Back Pain is very common and normally improves in a few days. Pain in the lower back can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips. In most cases the pain isn't caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.

One can manage lower back yourself by keeping mobile and perhaps taking over-the-counter painkillers. Most back pain usually gets better on its own. 

The symptoms of back pain can vary from person to person. Back pain may come on suddenly, perhaps after you’ve lifted something heavy, or it may come on gradually over time. The pain may feel really bad, or may be milder. Some people with back pain also have pain down one leg, or into the buttock or groin. This is sometimes called sciatica.

There are a number of things you can do to help relieve back pain:

  • Stay Active

  • Do exercises and stretches 

  • You may apply topical heat or cold treatments to your back.

If you look after your back, you can greatly reduce your risk o...

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...

Ang "Stroke" ay ang kundisyon kung saan biglang nawawala o nagkukulang ang suplay ng dugo sa utak. Ang mga palatandaan ng babala ay kinabibilangan ng pagkalito / hindi makalakad ng maayos / pagkahilo / pagkawala ng balanse / sakit ng ulo.

Dito sa Pilipinas, ang pangunahing sanhi ng stroke ay ang high-blood. Ang high-blood pressure ay walang sintomas. Hindi mo mararamdaman kung may high blood pressure ka na. Yung karaniwan na sinasabi na mataas ang dugo ng isang tao kapag sumasakit ang batok niya ay maling interpre­tasyon. Kung ikaw or ang iyong mahal sa buhay as nakakadama ng simtomas ng stroke pumunta agad sa pinakamalapit na emergency department hospital upang mabigyan ng mabilis na lunas. Ang isang Neurologist ay isang espesyalista sa kaso ng stroke. 

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives tr...

High blood pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure above 140 mmHg and/or a diastolic blood pressure above 90 mmHg. Systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. Diastolic blood pressure is the minimum pressure in the arteries between the heart’s contractions. You will be classed as having high blood pressure if yours is consistently above 140/90 mmHg.

The stress that high blood pressure causes on all your blood vessels makes them weaken and predisposes them to damage. The heart also has to work double time to keep your blood circulating.  Once the blood vessel weakens they are more likely to block. Our brain depends on a nourishing blood supply to work properly and survive. But high blood pressure may cause several problems to the brain, including:

  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA). Commonly called a ministroke, It is a brief, temporary disruption of blood supply to your brain. It's often caused by atherosclerosis or a blood clot — b...

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