Very intense, usually pounding on one side of the head pain. Affects women 3 times more frequently than men. May be spontaneous but usually triggered by weather changes, hormonal alterations during periods, sometimes by smell of strong perfume or tobacco. Often associated with sensation of fullness in frontal or maxillary sinuses thus wrongfully called "sinus headache". Migraines tend to run in families.
Things to do to avoid frequent attacks of migraine: keeping your life-style healthy by participating in outdoor activities, exercising on regular basis, not skipping meals, sleep regularly.
Things NOT to do if you have migraine: abuse over-the-counter pain killers and "cold remedies". Intake of Ibuprofen/Advil/BC Powders and similar pain killers more than 3 times per week will lead to "rebound headache": phenomenon when taking pills for the pain just brings more headache.
Treatment of migraine: Currently available medications capable of reducing amount of attacks or if taken during attack causes pain cessation within minutes and prevent missed work/school days, allow person to enjoy activities of daily living.
Sudden onset of neurological deficits ( weakness, numbness, visual or speech disturbances usually affecting just one side of body), caused by lack of normal blood supply to the brain associated with .clot. in blood vessel.
Risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, elevation of cholesterol. Tight control of the above risk factors greatly reduces chance of stroke.
Things to DO to avoid stroke: keep blood pressure at or below 130/80, controlling your blood sugars and cholesterol either by diet or with medications help, QUIT SMOKING!!!
Things to DO during the stroke: CALL 911 !!! Restoration of blood flow within minutes is crucial for survival and preservation of strength of the body parts.
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