Pandemic reflections

Children and teens with headache and migraine have been affected in a variety of ways by these pandemic times. Thinking back, there has been a difference between last spring and this fall and the effect on my patients, particularly in the school environment.  I will refer back to specific chapters in my book ‘Getting ahead … Continue reading Pandemic reflections

App review: WebMAP Mobile, for adolescents with chronic pain

Stress and pain go hand and hand, feed off each other, triggering more pain and headaches.  One way to help our patients with chronic pain and headaches is to encourage mind/body techniques, like mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, CBT, yoga, Reiki and other modalities. One way to help get it started is to have them actually download … Continue reading App review: WebMAP Mobile, for adolescents with chronic pain

Headaches and summer

It’s the very end of the school year, summer is fast approaching.  What does that mean for pediatric headache providers?  Hopefully there will be fewer distress calls.  It also means numerous camp medication forms and 504 support letters for the fall. Importantly, there are less hectic days with more time to reflect on the general … Continue reading Headaches and summer

Psychology and headaches, part 2

In this post, I will continue the conversation with Sarah Nelson, PhD, pain psychologist.  Previously we talked about common psychological issues associated with headache, issues that affect coping and functioning for patients with chronic headache, dealing with resistance to accepting psychological help and barriers to care. What are the best screening measures to use in … Continue reading Psychology and headaches, part 2