Month: March 2021

Migraines, Stress and Inflammation

Are migraine headaches a sign of inflammation? Are they exacerbated by stress? And linked to disease states? When we have questions about headache, generally, and in migraine headache in particular, we always seek answers from Dr. Charles Matthews. Some researchers think that aging is actually a form of stress.   >>  read more >>

Genes and Migraines

To learn more about the impact of our genes on migraine headaches, however tenuous it may be, we turned to our expert on the subject, Dr. Charles Matthews. “When most genetic problems ’cause’ disease, it’s usually severe progressive childhood illnesses.  For those common illnesses that most of us have — migraine, heart disease, common forms …

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Caffeine and Headache

Caffeine acts as a stimulant by displacing adenosine in the brain. Notice the similarity of the words “caffeine” and “adenosine.” Adenosine — you may recall from high school biology — is involved in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and energy cycling in cells. However, the actions of caffeine are complex and not fully understood. A daily caffeine …

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Not Too little and Not Too Much

Is finding the cause of headache basically a trial and error process?  Who better to answer that question than Dr. Charles Matthews, the founder of the North Carolina Comprehensive Headache Clinic in Raleigh. The answer to the query, it turns out, is “yes and no.”  >> read more >>

Seeking the Source of Headache

Is finding the cause of headache basically a trial and error process?  Who better to answer that question than Dr. Charles Matthews, the founder of the North Carolina Comprehensive Headache Clinic in Raleigh. The answer to the query, it turns out, is “yes and no.”  >> read more >>

Diabetes and Headache

Does diabetes trigger migraines or other headaches? In a simpler world, that question might evoke an uncomplicated “yes” or “no” response. But the human body and mind are masterpieces of complexity that puzzle the most talented among us.  >> read more >>

Hormones and Headaches

Dr. Charles Matthews doesn’t hesitate for a second to say that, over the past several decades, his patients have been invaluable teachers.  He is the founder and director of the North Carolina Comprehensive Headache Clinic.  As it turns out, his patients have been especially instructive about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, as he reveals in this …

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