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St Peter'S Hospital
(406) 442-2480
2475 Broadway
Helena, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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St Peter's Hospital
(406) 442-2480
2475 Broadway
Helena, MT
Medicare Number
270003
Bed Count
62

Va Montana Healthcare System
(406) 442-6410
Highway 12 And William Street
Fort Harrison, MT
Medicare Number
270196
Bed Count
75

Mountainview Medical Center
(406) 547-3321
16 West Main Street
White Sulphur Spgs, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Billings Clinic
(406) 657-4000
2800 10th Avenue North
Billings, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Va Montana Health Care System
(406) 442-6410
1892 Williams Street
Fort Harrison, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Government, federal
Hospital System
Department of Veterans Affairs

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St Peters Community Hospital
(406) 442-2480
2475 Broadway
Helena, MT
Specialty
Hospitals

Garfield County Health Center
(406) 557-2500
101 Levette Avenue
Jordan, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Government, Nonfederal

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Pondera Medical Center
(406) 271-3211
805 Sunset Boulevard
Conrad, MT
specialty
General medical surgical
Hospital Type
Nongovernment, Not-for-profit

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Montana State Hospital
(406) 693-7000
300 Garnet Way
Warm Springs, MT
specialty
Psychiatric
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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