Have a Headache? Don't Pop a Pill; Play the Long Game

Taking pain relief at the first feelings of a headache may mask an underlying condition. Use long-term treatments designed for migraines, says the director of Yale's Headache and Facial Pain Center.

Ingesting a nightly Advil or Tylenol is protocol for many. The general body aches, joint inflammation, and, especially, headaches that tag along on a stressful workday seem mitigated with a few hundred milligrams of pain relief. Of course, this only masks what could be a serious underlying condition.

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Migraines May Not Originate in the Head

A “magical probiotic mouthwash” may someday eradicate them, according to UC-San Diego researchers, whose research is leading them to a trigger in the microbiome.

 

Around one in seven people suffer from migraines. That’s 38 million in the US alone. Women are three times more likely to experience them than men. On average, most sufferers have one once per month. For some people the pain is so severe, it can be debilitating. Migraine sufferers are often put out of commission for hours, even days.

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