Medicine: Battle Against Migraine

New tactics for relieving that blasted pain

It strikes with jackhammer fury and lasts from a few minutes to several days. Along with the throbbing pain, eyes tear, vision blurs and there are waves of nausea. The slightest disturbance—the closing of a door, a sudden aroma, the switching on of a light—can be devastating. As Dr. John B. Brainard explains, "The ache becomes an intolerable, overwhelming force, driving you to bed, away from people, away from the world, away from everything except the hideous pain inside your head."

Brainard should know. The St. Paul surgeon is...

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