Anne C. Poinier MD


Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercise can reduce pain and improve function in people who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Also, exercise may help prevent the buildup of scar tissue, which can lead to weakness and stiffness. Exercise for arthritis takes three forms: stretching, strengthening, and conditioning. Stretching involves moving joint and…

Feverfew for Migraines

Feverfew ( Tanacetum parthenium ) is an herb that has been studied a lot for migraine prevention. Some small studies show that it may help prevent migraines in some people. 1 Feverfew is available as dried leaf powder, tablet, capsule, and tea. You might find it under the name MIG-99. If you would like to try feverfew…

Headaches: Should I Take Medicine to Prevent Migraines?

Guides you through the decision to take drugs for migraines. Covers treatment with antidepressants, anticonvulsants, beta-blockers, and calcium channel blockers. Lists side effects. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Types of Headache

It can be hard for your doctor to tell whether you have migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, or a combination of these types. The symptoms of these headaches are often the same, and no test can diagnose headaches. Listing a few key features of your headaches may help your doctor…

Migraine Aura

A migraine aura is a warning sign of an oncoming migraine headache. An aura develops gradually, usually within 30 minutes before a migraine headache starts, and consists of visual disturbances and physical sensations. Not everyone who suffers from migraines develops an aura. For those who do, common symptoms of a…