Category Archives: Headaches

Women more prone to headaches than men?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have heard that women get migraine headaches more often than men. Is this true? A: This is generally true because of the fluctuating nature of a woman’s hormonal system. The changing levels of hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle, can cause more water retention and constriction of…

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Suggestions for teenager suffering from migraines?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Do you have any suggestions for my 13-year-old son who is suffering from migraine headaches? A: A 13-year-old should not have any migraine headaches. Migraines are usually predominant in females while males tend to suffer from tension headaches, which are neurological. In any event, a young child should not suffer from…

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What to do to cure migraine headaches?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What can I do to cure my migraine headaches? A: Migraines are a complex pathology involving many etiologies. I would first suggest a thorough neurological examination to rule out serious conditions, and then I would suggest you check your liver function, as there have been links between migraines and liver pathologies….

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Difference between migraine and tension headaches?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What is the difference between a migraine headache and a tension headache? What causes headaches and what can I do to alleviate the pain? A: Headaches have many causes, and most are muscular, vascular, or sinus related. A migraine headache, which is vascular related, is due to blood vessel inflammation in…

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Advice for migraine headaches?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What advice can you give for someone who suffers migraine headaches? I’ve tried all kinds of cures. Sometimes prescriptions work, but most times I feel like I have a “drug hangover” after taking them. I’d like to try natural remedies but I don’t know if they work, or how long I…

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