By Lori Newman, Brooke Army Medical Center Public AffairsJune 2, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month and Brooke Army Medical Center Neurology Services offers a free class to provide information about headaches and the treatments available.
More than 36 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, the majority of migraine sufferers do not seek medical care for their pain and nearly half are never diagnosed.
"Treatment for migraine can include lifestyle modifications, medication, or other alternative options," said, Tammee Trawick, Neurology Services registered nurse.
The free headache class is for adult (over 18) military beneficiaries only. It is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the Neurology conference room.
"Anyone can come to the class," she said. "I've had people that have suffered with migraines for many years who come to the class and learn something new."
"This class is great for everyone. I discuss several different types of headaches, triggers and treatments available," Trawick said.
Headaches can result from a wide range of causes both benign and more serious. Brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain as it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain.
Muscle contraction, vascular problems or both cause most headaches. Other types of common headaches include tension, sinus and cluster headaches. There are several different types of migraine as well.
"If someone is suffering from a certain type of headache and they aren't getting the right type of treatment it's very important for them to not give up," she said. "Medication overuse is common and can lead to chronic daily headaches."
Anyone wanting more information about the class can call 916-2203. No referrals are necessary. Reserve your seat today.