Some Chiari malformations (CM) are asymptomatic and do not interfere with a person's daily activities. In other cases, medications may ease certain symptoms, such as pain.
Surgery is the only treatment available to correct functional disturbances or halt the progression of damage to the central...Read More
Many people with Chiari malformations (CM) have no symptoms. Their malformations are usually discovered only during the course of diagnosis or treatment for another disorder. The doctor will perform a physical exam and check the person's memory, cognition, balance (a function controlled by the cerebellum),...Read More
Muscular dystrophy (MD) occurs worldwide, affecting all races. Its incidence varies, as some forms are more common than others. Its most common forms in children, Duchenne and Becker MDs, alone affect approximately 1 in every 3,500 to 5,000 boys, or between 400 and 600 live male births each year...Read More
Individuals with Chiari malformations (CM) often have the following related conditions:
Hydrocephalus is an excessive buildup of CSF in the brain. CM can block the normal flow of this fluid, resulting in pressure within the head that can cause mental defects and/or an enlarged or misshapen skull....Read More
In some women, birth control pills improve migraine. The pills may help reduce the number of attacks and their attacks may become less severe. But in other women, the pills may worsen their migraines. In still other women, taking birth control pills has no effect on their migraines.
The reason for these...Read More
If you think you get migraine headaches, talk with your doctor. Before your appointment, write down:
- how often you have headaches
- where the pain is
- how long the headaches last
- when the headaches happen, such as during your period
- other symptoms, such as nausea or blind spots
- any family
There are two ways to approach the treatment of a migraine headache with drugs: prevent the attacks, or relieve the symptoms during the attacks. Many people use both approaches by taking medications originally developed for epilepsy and depression to prevent future migraine attacks, and treating...Read More
The best way to prevent migraine is to find out what triggers your attacks and avoid or limit these triggers. Since migraine headaches are more common during times of stress, finding healthy ways to cut down on and cope with stress might help. Talk with your doctor about starting a fitness program...Read More
Ask your doctor about what migraine medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding. Some medicines can be passed through breast milk and might be harmful to your baby.
This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center. Read More
Occipital neuralgia is not a life-threatening condition. Many individuals improve with therapy involving heat, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants. Recovery is usually complete after the bout of pain has ended and the nerve damage repaired or lessened.
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Sometimes, headache can signal a more serious problem. You should talk to your doctor about your headaches if:
- You have several headaches per month and each lasts for several hours or days.
- Your headaches disrupt your home, work, or school life.
- You have nausea, vomiting, vision, or other
As people age, bone strength and muscle elasticity and tone tend to decrease. The discs begin to lose fluid and flexibility, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae and causes back pain.
Pain can occur when, for example, one lifts something too heavy or overstretches, causing a sprain,...Read More
The outcome for coma and persistent vegetative state depends on the cause, severity, and site of neurological damage. Individuals may emerge from coma with a combination of physical, intellectual, and psychological difficulties that need special attention. Recovery usually occurs gradually, with...Read More
There is no cure or standard course of treatment for Bell's palsy. The most important factor in treatment is to eliminate the source of the nerve damage.
Bell's palsy affects each individual differently. Some cases are mild and do not require treatment because the symptoms usually subside...Read More
Keep in mind that one woman’s pain is another woman’s discomfort as pain tolerance can vary considerably form one person to another. Some women manage the discomfort of labor by using prepared childbirth techniques, the birthing ball, warm showers, and/or systemic medication administered through an IV....Read More