Do you often find yourself having trouble deciphering if the pain you’re feeling is just a bad headache or a migraine? Don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Headaches and migraines can be difficult to distinguish, even for practiced healthcare providers. Being a family medicine physician and migraine sufferer myself, I’ve seen the full spectrum of … Continue reading My head hurts! Is it a migraine or just a normal headache?
Here’s the scenario: You have a nasty headache, so you pop your over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication of choice. Your headache improves and you’re happy that you don’t feel as bad as you did before you took it. But then, you get a headache the next day, so you take it again. And so on and … Continue reading Medication overuse headaches: How to break the cycle
Migraine food triggers are common. While some are obvious, many other food triggers can be quite difficult to determine. For one, when you eat a food, it may not trigger a headache right away — in fact, it can take days before you actually have a headache. Before I go into details on food triggers, … Continue reading Top migraine food triggers and how to deal with them
I frequently hear astonishment (and gratitude) in people’s voices when I tell them that headache specialists like me exist. But there is good reason for what we do. In fact, there are over 39 million headache sufferers in the United States and enough headache types to fill up giant textbooks — we’re talking more than … Continue reading How headaches change after you turn 50
We know that the brain plays a key role in all of our bodily functions – it’s the center of our intelligence and the controller of our movements and behaviors. But did you know that you have a “second brain”? This second brain is found in your gut. Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive … Continue reading Why caring for your second brain can improve your health
Are headaches keeping you from doing the things you love? Here are few of the most common types of headaches. Learn what they are and how to identify them and put headache pain in the past. The Tension Headache The most common kind of a headache — a tension headache — is the dull pressure … Continue reading Managing migraines and headaches
At 21 years old I was living my perfect life. I had a three-year-old son, a godly man by my side, a job I cherished as a police dispatcher, and I was an avid softball player, so my health was never a concern. In November 2007, a walnut-sized lump on the left side of my … Continue reading Celebrating a “Cancerversary” With a Tattoo
This weekend, social media and news networks reported that legendary radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, died from a brain aneurysm. We now know now that this initial report turned out to be inaccurate. Earlier this week, the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office reported that Mr. Kraddick may have died from cardiac disease. Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., a cardiologist … Continue reading Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion
In my lifetime (and I’m not saying how old I am), I’ve experienced one migraine. Although it was years ago, I still remember the experience. Since my father suffered from migraines, I feared going down the same medical path. Good news though, to this day that has been my one and only migraine. I didn’t … Continue reading Migraines? What’s Your Diet Look Like?
It’s that time of the year; the flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green, and people who suffer from nasal allergies and sinus pain are struggling to catch their next breath. Many people in North Texas, women in particular, suffer from chronic sinusitis, a common condition that involves the sinuses becoming inflamed and swollen. … Continue reading Sinuses Got You Down This Spring?