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Migraines and Other Headaches

Glossary

  • Drug that relieves pain.
  • Medication that inhibits the growth of microorganisms.
  • Weakness in the wall of a blood vessel that may rupture.
  • Powder used as an artificial sweetener, sold under the brand name Nutrasweet.
  • Sensory experiences, such as sparkling lights, that appear for some people thirty to sixty minutes before a migraine headache begins.
  • Inflammation of the brain often caused by a virus.
  • A vasoconstrictor used in migraine treatment.
  • A center that specializes in the treatment of headaches.
  • Weakness on one side of the body.
  • Paralysis on one side of the body.
  • Severe bleeding.
  • Procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to detect disease.
  • Inflammation of the coverings of the brain.
  • Rare type of migraine in which the pain is not in the head but somewhere else, such as in the stomach.
  • Early warning period before the onset of a migraine.
  • Space between the linings over the brain that can fill with blood after an injury.
  • Under the tongue.
  • Medicine in a form that can be inserted into the rectum for absorption.
  • Anything that sets off a headache, including food, beverages, environmental conditions, psychological stressors, hormonal changes, or changes in one's normal routine.
  • A feeling that one's surroundings are tilting or twisting.

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