Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood. People who experience ‘migraine with aura’ will have many or all the symptoms of a migraine with aura and additional neurological symptoms which develop over a 5 to 20 minute period and last less than an hour.
About 15-20% of people with migraine get an “aura,” which is a manifestation of neurological symptoms that occurs before a migraine headache. The aura can include visual or auditory hallucinations and disruptions in smell, taste, or touch. Other symptoms may include:
blind spots in the field of eyesight
sparkles or stars
flashing lights before the eyes
numbness or tingling
pins and needles in the arms and legs
weakness on one side of the body
a feeling of spinning
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they're thought to be the result of te...
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...
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...
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they no longer receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.
What happens during a stroke?
When a stroke occurs the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or if there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain.
What are the types of strokes?
A stroke can occur in two ways. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic. In an hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 20 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.
What are the symptoms of stroke?
What makes stroke symptoms distinct is their sudden onset:
A stroke occurs when blood stops supplying any part of your brain which damages the brain cells. The most common type of stroke, accounting for almost 80% of all strokes, is ischemic stroke. Not only do many stroke survivors have to live with physical or cognitive disabilities, they also live in fear of a second attack. According to studies, 1 in 4 stroke survivors suffer a second stroke within 5 years. As many as 30% of all strokes are secondary strokes. They tend to be more disabling and costly, and are more likely to be fatal.
Prevention is the key! it starts with knowing your risk. 9 in 10 people have at least one risk factor for stroke or heart disease. Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle change. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active, avoid smoking and limiting alcohol have a big impact on your health.
One key factor in preventing a second stroke from happening is a hand in hand partnership with your doctor....
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...
Almost everyone probably experienced the weird feeling of having our hand, leg or foot “fall asleep” which often includes a feeling of numbness or a sensation of “Pins and needles” or the popularly called "tusok-tusok" in the Philippines. Do not panic! This is a very common condition that can happen to just about anyone and is very temporary. It is usually caused when we have sat or slept in an awkward position for too long. Numbness can occur along a single nerve, on one side of the body, or it may occur symmetrically, on both sides of the body. It happens when the blood supply to the nerves is cut off. This is usually when you sit or sleep on part of your body. It lasts only a few minutes. You often get pins and needles in your:
Some possible causes of pins & needles are as follows:
Wearing tight shoes or sitting on your foot can give you a numb foot or leg or cause pins and needles.
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...
The truth is that snoring is a common condition that occurs to men and women of all ages. Snoring occurs when sleeping and the airways in your head relax enough to narrow, this increases the speed at which you breathe out and affects the air pressure in the airways. This change of pressure means that the soft walls of the airways are sucked inward and close, thus causing vibrations when air is forced through by heavier breathing.
Evidence has shown that once you start snoring, it will only get worse without treatment. Since snoring weakens the muscles in the head and neck, it becomes harder and harder to keep the airways open and the snoring only increases.
The ultimate key to control the problem on snoring is a simple lifestyle changes. Exercising more to lose weight will alleviate pressure on airways. Stopping smoking will prevent the irritation of nasal tissue, decrease swelling and stop the build-up of catarrh, all this will help regulate your breathing and reduce snoring. Avo...