Posts Tagged ‘Fibromyalgia’

An Overview of Migraine Headaches by Dr. Carey Dachman

April 13, 2011

Caused by vasodilation of the blood vessels, migraine headaches bring about the release of chemicals from nerve fibers coiled around the arteries of the brain. This chemical release stems from the enlargement of the arteries, which stretches the nerves and causes pain and inflammation. Each of these factors exacerbates the others, causing the often debilitating symptoms associated with migraine headaches.

While migraine headaches themselves create sometimes extraordinary levels of pain, they also provoke increased nervous activity in the intestines. Because of this issue, many people who suffer from migraine headaches endure added discomfort in the forms of vomiting, diarrhea, or nausea. The primitive instinct of fight or flight causes delays in the stomach’s ability to empty into the small intestine. As such, oral medications used to treat migraine headaches take longer to enter the intestines to be absorbed. In addition, sufferers often complain of chills, light sensitivity, and blurred vision because sympathetic activity in the body related to pain decreases blood circulation.

With 28 million Americans undergoing the pain and related symptoms of migraine headaches, the problem affects public health and productivity in the workplace. The effects usually last between four hours and four days, making recovery a lengthy process. For some patients, migraine headaches include symptoms such as auras in which light and color seems to flash or zigzag before their eyes or in their peripheral vision. Other patients experience hallucinations, double vision, or vertigo. In some cases, migraine headaches instigate a pins and needles feeling, paralysis or muscle fatigue, stroke-like episodes, and blind spots or blindness. Rare cases of ocular migraine headaches can trigger irreversible loss of vision.

For more information about migraine headaches and to learn state-of-the-art treatment methods, visit the website of Dr. Carey Dachman at


Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Medical Pain Management – Specialties of Dr. Carey Dachman

December 23, 2010

I recently appeared in a New York Times advertisement promoting some of the top doctors in the nation. Listing my areas of medical expertise as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and medical pain management, the New York Times advertisement was taken out by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors. I have earned the distinction of being named Top Doctor in Cook County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for five years. In order to inform readers of the New York Times who may have read the article but not know much about my particular specialties, I have included brief descriptions of them below.

Fibromyalgia – The word fibromyalgia is comprised of both Latin and Greek roots, which accurately pinpoint the nature of the disease. “Fibro” comes from Latin word for fibrous tissue; “mya” is derived from the Greek word for muscle; “algos” comes from the Greek word for pain. Thus fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and connective tissue and is characterized by chronic extensive pain throughout the body and an increased sensitivity to pressure.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic systematic inflammatory disorder, rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately one percent of the American population. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack tissues and organs, but the disorder primarily affects the synovial joints. Rheumatoid arthritis leads to the degeneration of articular cartilage as well as ankylosis, a stiffening of the joint.

Medical Pain Management – Medical pain management focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to alleviating pain and improving general quality of life for patients. Through a holistic picture of a patient’s overall medical needs, pain management professionals can craft a system of medications and therapy, that can include pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, exercise, and psychological therapy.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and live in the Greater Chicago area, I may be able to help you. Contact Pain Therapy Associates, Ltd. at 847.352.5511 for more information.