Migraine Information West Point MS

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.

Timothy Whittle
(662) 494-9466
747 Medical Center Dr
West Point, MS
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Stanko Vuk, MD
Columbus, MS
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Zagreb, Med Fak, Zagreb, Croatia
Graduation Year: 1981

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David Tachen Chang, MD
(662) 327-7130
255 Baptist Blvd Ste 401
Columbus, MS
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1996

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William Bowlus
400 Hospital Rd
Starkville, MS
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Golden Triangle Neurology Clinic
(662) 327-2700
516 Lincoln Rd Ste B
Columbus, MS

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Glen Katsuto Nagasawa
(662) 434-2292
201 Independence
Columbus, MS
Specialty
Neurology

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Reynolds Park Mc Cain, MD
(662) 327-2700
516 Lincoln Rd
Columbus, MS
Specialties
Neurology, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1981

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Farrukh Qureshi, MD
(662) 244-5567
515 Willowbrook Rd Ste 2
Columbus, MS
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville, Ms
Group Practice: Columbus Neurology Care

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Reynolds Mc Cain
(662) 327-2700
516b Lincoln Rd
Columbus, MS
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Rolando Taboco Abangan, MD
(601) 485-4161
905C S Frontage Rd
Meridian, MS
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1961

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Personal Journey - End the Migraine Pain

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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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