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Lawrence F Quigley Mem Hosp
(617) 884-5660
91 Crest Avenue
Chelsea, MA
specialty
Other specialty
Hospital Type
Government, Nonfederal

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Shriners Hosp For Children
(617) 722-3000
51 Blossom Street
Boston, MA
specialty
Children's other specialty
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit
Hospital System
Shriners Hosps for Children

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Massachusetts General Hospital
(617) 726-2000
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit
Hospital System
Partners HealthCare System

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Stillman Infirm Harvard Univ
(617) 495-2010
1000 Hospital Drive
Cambridge, MA

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Mount Auburn Hospital
(617) 492-3500
330 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hosp
(617) 573-7000
125 Nashua Street
Boston, MA
specialty
Long-Term Acute Care
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit
Hospital System
Partners HealthCare System

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Hallmark Health System
(781) 979-3000
585 Lebanon Street
Melrose, MA
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirm
(617) 523-7900
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
specialty
Eye, ear, nose and throat
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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M I T Medical Department
(617) 253-4481
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
specialty
Hospital unit of an institution
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Cambridge Health Alliance
(617) 665-1000
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Government, Nonfederal

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The Big Squeeze

Like a hammer pounding the skull or a vise clamped to the cranium,
a migraine headache can be among the most excruciating and debilitating pains
a person can experience. If you suffer from this malady, here are some
ways to minimize your misery.

By Susan Weiner

October 2006

Cyndy Roseman-Puccio didn’t know what a migraine was until she turned 50. Preparing for a cross-country trip to the east coast from her home in Half Moon Bay, California, Roseman-Puccio awoke one morning with a disquieting headache. Thinking it would quickly subside, she and her husband headed to a local restaurant for breakfast, where Roseman-Puccio spent the entire meal throwing up in the restroom. “It was horrible and I was so nauseous,” she recalls. “It felt like a vise was clamped to the sides of my head and someone was tightening it.” From that point on, migraines became a routine part of her life.

Roseman-Puccio later learned that her migraines were brought on by menopause and foods that had abruptly become triggers for the intense head pain. “All of a sudden, chocolate and red wine became my worst enemies,” she says before admitting she still indulges in the occasional fudgey treat. “Hey, I’m not going to stop living because of migraines.”

For more than 29.5 million Americans—mostly women—migraine headaches range from painful to downright debilitating. Talk to anyone who suffers from migraines and they describe dealing with the pounding in their heads with words like “excruciating,” “incapacitating” and “unbearable.” Many spend long days in bed and are forced to miss work; the World Health Organization cites migraines as among the most debilitating of ills, costing employers nearly $13 billion a year in lost productivity and another $1 billion in medical care. Many migraine sufferers are also forced to forgo activities and lose time with family and friends. Others are trapped into devouring a never-ending succession of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which may mask the pain but never get to the root of the cause.

Migraine Madness

If you’ve never experienced a migraine, consider yourself very lucky. The word “migraine” comes from the Greek hemikranion, or pain affecting one side of the head. That definition is mild compared to the reality. Imagine a fierce throbbing in your head that may last up to 72 hours, accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Any sort of exertion—even climbing stairs—aggravates the pain. Additional symptoms can include blurred vision, irritability, depression, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and the inability to concentrate. Some people will complain that their hair “hurts” and the pain may become so intense that even wearing glasses or jewelry becomes unbearable.

Migraines can afflict anyone at any age. But women, due to fluctuations in estrogen levels, are three times more likely to suffer from them than men. Adding insult to malady, the National Migraine Association reports that ne...

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