In the past several posts, I talked about the important lifestyle factors and strategies of hydration, diet, sleep and exercise. In this post I will discuss the effects of stress. Again these are basic lifestyle strategies that are appropriate for all headaches, but can be particularly important to migraineurs. In fact, stress is at the … Continue reading Stress and migraines
In the previous post, I talked about the important lifestyle factors and strategies of hydration, diet and sleep. In this post I will discuss exercise/physical activity. Again these are basic lifestyle strategies that are appropriate for all headaches, but can be particularly important to migraineurs. Exercise or physical activity is vital to healthy functioning for … Continue reading All about the Migraine…. part 3
So you have identified one of your patients as having migraine. Now decisions have to be made about management. Important points to consider are: frequency of migraine, intensity of pain and/or associated symptoms, triggers, and lifestyle factors. Unless the patient is presenting with frequent or intractable migraine several times/week, the first things to review with … Continue reading All about the Migraine….part 2
The 3 most common subtypes of primary headaches commonly seen in pediatric patients are: migraine, tension-type, and new daily persistent headache. Children often have a combination of types, such as chronic mixed type headache, which generally combine migraine and tension-type headache. All primary headaches present differently and are often treated differently. Migraine is a well-known … Continue reading All about the Migraine…. part 1
Headache is one of the most common problems seen in the primary care office. It is often a chronic complaint, not easily managed, and often an unsatisfying experience for families and providers. You can’t cure headache like an ear infection, it will always come back in some form or another. And while headache is technically … Continue reading Headaches in the community
So your young teenage patient comes in the office with a primary complaint of headache. This is something that happens very frequently. In fact, headache is in the top 5 diagnoses for children and teens, occurring in 75% of teens and 25% of younger children. Kids miss school, lose time with friends and in … Continue reading I have a headache!
Hi, my name is Vickie and I am a PNP working in pediatric headache/pain medicine for the past 10+ years. I’ve been a nurse for 37 years and a PNP for 21 years, so I have plenty of experience under my belt. I’ve started this blog to share some information and insights I have gained … Continue reading Welcome to the HeadFirst PNP blog