By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Reduce Your Recurring Headaches?

    Do you have recurring headaches? Both tension headaches and migraines can cause a lot of trouble when they come back frequently. One reader found a fascinating and unique remedy. Overcoming Recurring …

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Cure Killer Headaches With Ice Packs?

    There was a time decades ago when people treated really bad headaches with ice packs. Those were the days before Advil & Motrin IB (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). It was before triptan-type migr…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Ice Stop a Killer Headache?

    What do you do for a nasty headache? If you suddenly develop a severe headache unlike anything you've experienced before, you should get medical attention right away. It might be nothing more than you…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 13 Comments
    What Are Metoprolol Side Effects When Prescribed…

    Metoprolol is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. At last count, nearly 90 millions prescriptions were dispensed annually. It has FDA approval to treat high blood pressure and heart…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Head Off a Migraine with a Supplement

    Migraine headaches can have a dreadful impact on a person's quality of life. In addition to the pain, which can be debilitating if not excruciating, these episodes often bring on nausea, vomiting and…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Ease a Migraine Hangover

    Everyone has heard about migraine headaches: the intense pain on one side of the head, the nausea, the inability to tolerate bright light or loud noises, the pulsing or throbbing nature of the pain. S…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2016 12 Comments
    Can Stopping Excedrin Suddenly Cause A Severe He…

    Excedrin is one of those trusted brands that has been around for decades. According to the current manufacturer (Novartis), Excedrin Extra Strength was the first "multi-ingredient headache treatment p…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 0 Comments
    Are the Microbes in Your Mouth Causing Your Migr…

    People who frequently suffer from migraine headaches are often told to avoid certain trigger foods. Research suggests, however, that it might not be the foods themselves that are the culprits, but ra…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Stop a Migraine with a Mocha Frappuccino

    Migraines are miserable. Any sufferer can tell you that without medication a migraine can result in hours or even days lying still in a dark, quiet room or throwing up in the bathroom. Is it possibl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Migraines by Eating Gluten-Free

    Many doctors are justifiably skeptical of the popularity of gluten-free foods. Some of the people who turn to these products are a bit unclear about why they are eating a gluten-free diet; others may …

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 9 Comments
    What Can You Do to Stop a Migraine?

    People who suffer from recurrent migraines will take strong measures to prevent them. But what if the pain has already started? How do you stop a migraine? Ice-Cream Headaches Might Help: Q. I have r…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Stop Your Migraine by Eating Ice Cream

    Migraine headaches cause a lot of misery. Although there are medications such as almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig) that can…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2015 6 Comments
    Iced Cappuccino Heads Off Killer Headaches

    Q. I have suffered for years from almost daily headaches, some of them migraines. I used to go through a bottle of Excedrin a month. About four years ago I drank an iced cappuccino by coincidence whil…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 2 Comments
    Surprising Remedy: Chili Peppers to Combat Migra…

    A migraine headache can really ruin a person's day. Not only does it bring racking head pain, it is often accompanied by severe nausea and inability to tolerate light or noise. Medications such as riz…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 5 Comments
    Brain Freeze Saved the Day By Stopping Migraine …

    Q. I read your "brain freeze" article just days before waking up with a migraine. Whenever I get a migraine I wake up with it, so I have no warning and begin vomiting within 5 or 10 minutes. Usually I…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 7 Comments
    See How Brain Freeze Works Fast for Bad Headache…

    We've got the perfect remedy for bad headaches, especially when the weather turns hot. Watch our video to learn how inducing an ice cream headache can rout a migraine before it has a chance to take ho…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 21 Comments
    See How Brain Freeze Can Stop a Migraine Headach…

    If you have ever eaten ice cream, consumed a popsicle or sipped a Slushie or Frappucino too fast, you may have experienced "brain freeze." It's also been called an ice-cream headache. Doctors have giv…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 3 Comments
    Gluten-Free Diet Stopped Chronic Migraines

    Q. Reading your column provided me with life-changing information. I am now 56. As a child and into my late teens I endured chronic belly pain. Despite many tests over the years, no diagnosis was esta…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Brain Freeze Can Stop Migraine Cold

    Q. I appreciate what people have shared about their tricks for relieving headaches and migraines. I was especially intrigued by reports that provoking brain freeze with ice cream might stop a migraine…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2014 3 Comments
    New Headband Device Cuts Down on Migraines

    The FDA has just approved a new device designed to prevent migraine headaches. The headband from Belgium uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, abbreviated TENS, to ward off migraines. The …

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 9 Comments
    B Vitamin Riboflavin Helps Prevent Migraine Head…

    Q. After my migraines began flaring up weekly, I started taking riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily. Ten weeks into this regimen, I have only had two really bad headaches. I still have Maxalt as a backup, b…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2014 16 Comments
    A Spoonful of Yellow Mustard Eases Pain of Ice P…

    Q. I have ice pick migraines. They caused sharp stabbing pain in my head all day long, 7 days a week, until I heard about mustard. I can get two hours of pure pain relief from swallowing a teaspoon of…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Harnessing the Power of Placebo to Fight the Pai…

    Placebo power can make a difference, even when it comes to treating migraine headaches.  A fascinating study of 66 migraine headache sufferers tested the placebo hypothesis by having the volunteers r…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2013 10 Comments
    Ice Cream Headache Stopped Doctor’s Migrai…

    Q. I have suffered with migraines for decades and rely on sumatriptan (Imitrex) to control my pain. The other day I was visiting friends and I felt the all-too-familiar start of a bad headache (pain b…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2013 6 Comments
    Triggering Brain Freeze May Stop Migraine Headac…

    Q. I have been suffering from severe migraines and recently noticed that if I chug a Slurpee and induce "brain freeze," my headache immediately clears up or goes away entirely. It makes more of a diff…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2013 20 Comments
    What Works Against Weather-Induced Headaches?

    Q. I get caffeine withdrawal headaches and treat them with a cup of coffee. The severe headaches I get from the weather are more difficult to treat. They occur when it is about to rain. Why does this …

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2013 4 Comments
    Headaches: Chocolate Shake for Migraines

    [audio src="//www.peoplespharmacy.com/wp-content/uploads/ChocShakeHeadache.mp3"][/audio] Conventional wisdom has it that people who suffer migraine headaches should avoid chocolate. But a trucker tell…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2012 6 Comments
    Headaches: Brain Freeze Against Migraines

    Many home remedies seem strange to health professionals. That's because such non-standard approaches are rarely taught to impressionable students. Pharmaceuticals are considered scientific. After all,…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2012 11 Comments
    Seven Keys to Preventing Migraines

    It is estimated that as many as 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Specialists say that migraines are frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated. The majority do not get effective pr…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2012 4 Comments
    Botox Benefit for Migraine Is Modest

    Botox or botulinum toxin A has been used to smooth out wrinkles for more than a decade. More recently Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic migraine headaches. How we…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2012 36 Comments
    Brain Freeze Migraine Remedy

    Every once in a while a visitor to our website shares a remedy that surprises and delights us even if we can't find any scientific support for it. Then along comes extraordinary research from highly r…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2012 19 Comments
    Vitamin Overdose Damages Nerves

    Q. Twenty years ago I started taking high doses of B vitamins to help prevent migraines. It worked, but about eight years ago I began having twitching all over, but mostly in my lower legs. I was test…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2012 4 Comments
    Avoiding Gluten Stopped Migraines

    Q. I had migraines all my life and have taken everything and more in the way of drugs. In December I decided to quit eating gluten (wheat, barley and rye). To my surprise, my headaches disappeared. A.…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2011 14 Comments
    Pros and Cons of Chocolate

    Q. I really love chocolate and if there are proven health benefits I will be very happy indeed! I still have doubts whether chocolate can be healthy. How about sharing information on side effects and …

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2011 2 Comments
    Snoring Treatment Stopped Migraines

    Q. I suffered from migraine headaches for many years, with the only relief being very strong medications. I learned to live with them, predict them and their severity and treat them without drugs if t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2011 33 Comments
    Ice Cream Cure for Migraine

    Q. You recently wrote about an ice cream cure for a migraine. I am a lifetime sufferer. While in the throes of a multi-day migraine, I ate ice cream too fast and got "brain freeze." My migraine disapp…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2010 5 Comments
    Is Licorice a Migraine Trigger?

    Q. About twelve years ago, I experienced symptoms similar to stroke. I was hospitalized for five days, and several specialists examined me. The symptoms quickly resolved and have not recurred. They fi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2010 12 Comments
    Natural Relief for Headaches

    Q. I have had bad headaches for years and have tried just about everything from acetaminophen and ibuprofen to prescription pain relievers. They help a little but the headaches always return with a ve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2010 0 Comments
    OTC Painrelievers Work for Migraine

    Migraine sufferers often rely on prescription medicines for relief, but a couple of new studies suggest that some of the 28 million Americans who get migraines might be able to use over-the-counter pi…