Migraine Information Roosevelt NY
East Meadow, NY
Nassau University Medical Center Neurology
New Rochelle, NY
Drs Wasserman & Klass
Medical School: Univ Paul Sabatier, Uer Med Toulouse-Rangeuil, Toulouse, France
Graduation Year: 1968
New Hyde Park, NY
Long Island Neurosurgical Associates PC
Great Neck, NY
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology Electromyography
Insurance Plans Accepted: Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Oxford, AmeriChoice, Aetna, and others
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Primary Hospital: North Shore University Hospital
Residency Training: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002
Member Organizations: -American Academy of Neurology -American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine -American College of Physicians -American Osteopathic Association
Awards: -Phi Beta Kappa -Psi Chi- National Honor Society in Psychology -North Shore-LIJ Health System Clinical Science Research Award -Angioma Alliance Neurology Resident's Award
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Korean,Italian,Chinese,Gujarati
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1979
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital: North Shore University Hosp, Manhasset, Ny; Mercy Med Ctr, Rockville Ctr, Ny; South Nassau Comm Hosp, Oceanside, Ny
Medical School: S M S Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1976
Personal Journey - End the Migraine Pain
by Lynn Ginsburg
If there was one thing in life I never wanted to encounter firsthand, it was a migraine headache. When friends who suffered from them would try to describe just how agonizing they could be, I could only sympathize and gratefully acknowledge how lucky I was to be spared that kind of recurring pain.
Unfortunately, my luck ran out. When my first migraine struck, it started out just like any old headache. I experienced a dull ache near my sinuses—nothing to cause any great concern. But the pain slowly evolved into a red hot, stabbing sensation all over my head. I started to feel dizzy and noticed a strange, shimmering quality to my vision. The pain grew so severe that the slightest movement made me feel acutely nauseous. This was unlike any headache I’d ever had before. And then it hit me—my symptoms matched those of a migraine, and as the searing pain swept over me, I clearly understood what my poor friends had been experiencing all these years.
Fortunately, my migraines—caused by a tumor on my pituitary gland—were only temporary. After surgeons removed the growth, the migraines went away permanently. Other sufferers aren’t so lucky. Their migraines recur frequently over the course of their lifetimes.
What is a migraine?
According to Christina Peterson, MD, author of The Women’s Migraine Survival Guide (HarperResource, 1999) and president of HEADquarters Migraine Management, a consulting firm in Portland, Ore., a migraine is a recurring headache lasting four to 72 hours that may also be accompanied by nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, pain that’s made worse by routine physical activity and pain that is throbbing or pulsating in character. “Twenty percent of migraines are preceded by an aura or other neurological warning sign that is visual in nature,” Peterson explains.
Seymour Solomon, MD, director of the Headache Unit at Montefiore Medical Center and professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., says that a migraine may be characterized by an imbalance of the biochemistry in the brain and may also involve swelling or inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain. “The environment or the body itself can be the triggers, but the causes of many migraines are unknown, and an attack can occur without any obvious external cause,” Solomon says.
About 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, according to a study from the American Headache Society, and the World Health Organization reports that about 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men worldwide suffer from migraines.
Conventional medical doctors commonly prescribe abortive drugs (usually triptans) to stop migraines. These drugs, unfortunately, can only stop a headache once it starts (they can’t prevent it from happening), and they are indicated for patients who suffer migraines at most a few times a month. People who suffer more than that generally take a variety of preventative medications. “The success...
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