National Emergency Medicine Assoc. (NEMA)
"THE HEART OF THE
Guest: Dr. C. Phillip OCarroll, Neurologist, migraine specialist
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: Migraine anyone?...coming up....
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NEMA: If you dont suffer from migraine headaches, you may not know... luckily... what youre missing. This is neurologist Dr. C. Phillip OCarroll of Newport Beach California...
OCARROLL: Its probably the oldest medical condition ever described, I think the first mention of it is about 8 thousand years ago, in some ancient codec. And it is a biologic disorder, and it leaves the sufferer not only with a violent headache, but with nausea, vomiting, and in many cases, an inability to function. And they say theres perhaps 26 to 30 million Americans who suffer from this disorder.
NEMA: But what causes migraine?
OCARROLL: You inherit a genetic tendency. But, You need the trigger, you need the match...in the form of fluctuations in hormones for the women, Stress and ones environment...sometimes just strong smells - perfumes, strong lights, going up into altitude, certain foods...all can be the match that activates the dynamite. And the end result is that youre left with the blood vessels of the head swollen, dilated, and extraordinarily painful.
NEMA: A new form of the prescription medicine Imatrex comes as a nasal spray...check with your doctor for side effects. Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.