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MedWatch-Migraines

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(ABC) -Migraines can take their toll, but as they're about to start, there may be other non-drug related ways to manage the disorder.

Medications can alleviate migraine symptoms, but there is no cure.  

"There's not one thing we can do to end the migraines for all time at this point. But there are a lot of different options that we can offer, and we can hopefully and most likely get you to a better place than where you are," explained Dr. Carolyn Bernstein, head of the Headache Center at Boston’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center.

A migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein is exploring alternative ways to manage the disease.  

One thing she's come up with: indoor cycling. It's a form of exercise ideal for migraine sufferers, Dr. Bernstein says because it's low-impact, there's no pounding and it's possible cycling could have a beneficial effect on headaches. 

“When we exercise, a lot of the time we feel better afterward. We get all kinds of neurotransmitters going in our brain that can decrease pain levels," Dr. Bernstein said.

In other health news, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Duncan and Altus are offering free colon cancer screening kits through the end of the month. Visit any of the three locations to pick yours up or inquire about all of your screening options.

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