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Yoga: An Alternative Therapy for Migraines

I was probably eight years old when I experienced my first migraine headache.  It was a frightening combination of symptoms: extreme sensitivity to light and a visual field that was almost completely overtaken by large black spots (called an aura), followed by one-sided, intensely throbbing and unrelenting head pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea.   Over-the-counter medications didn’t touch the pain, though the visual aura usually subsided within about half an hour. continue reading →

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Newly Diagnosed with MS? Learn to Confront Your ‘New Normal’

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re likely experiencing a range of emotions, including anger, disbelief, frustration, helplessness, depression, bewilderment, and fear. These are entirely normal reactions, and you are certainly not alone, as approximately 400,000 people in the United States, and 2.5 million worldwide, have MS. The key to adapting to your new reality – your “new normal” – and living well is to educate yourself about the disease and avail yourself of the treatment options for modifying its course and managing symptoms. MS is a chronic disease, so until a cure is found, you will have it, but you don’t have to let the disease “have” you. continue reading →