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2
Sep

Telemedicine for Migraine Patients

Telemedicine for Migraine Patients More than 39 million Americans suffer from migraine. For me, my migraine attacks started in childhood and unfortunately continued into my adult life, causing not only pain and fatigue but also tremendous frustration about the options for medical treatment and care. In fact, it took years for me to get a correct diagnosis. I felt tremendous

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5
Aug

The Relationship Between Stroke and Migraine

  There are several ways to think about migraine and its relationship to stroke. Migraine is a disease that affects the nerves in our body, as well as the blood vessels. More specifically, it affects the arteries or the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of our body. There are two important relationships between migraine

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4
Jun

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Super-Responder: A Story of Life After Aimovig

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Super-Responder: A Story of Life After Aimovig  I sat staring at my phone, anxiously hitting the refresh button. The FDA was slated to announce their approval of Amgen’s new migraine prevention drug sometime today and the sun was beginning to set. As darkness began to fall, my heart began to beat faster.

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5
May

How to Use Essential Oils to Manage Migraine

I remember my reaction when someone would suggest a natural remedy for my debilitating migraine disease. “They were one of those people who thought a migraine is just a headache,” I would quickly assume. They clearly had no idea on just how debilitating migraine can be – the sensitivity to every light and sound, nausea and vomiting, and the pain.

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8
Apr

Pregnancy and Migraine Medications

When we first become moms we face all sorts of new challenges and changes. Those of us managing migraines have an extra challenge.

25
Feb

Intentional Avoidance of Physical Activity

Scientific evidence supports the positive role of physical activity in the management of migraine.

22
Feb

Breastfeeding and Migraine

When we first become moms we face all sorts of new challenges and changes. Those of us managing migraines have an extra challenge.

28
Jan

That’s What This Is

When I got to college it seemed as if everyone around me was anxious. I was convinced that everyone was being dramatic. Then one day it hit.

7
Jan

AMD A Year in Review 2018

2018 has arguably been one of the most transformative years in migraine, from revolutionary treatments to worldwide awareness. Here’s a recap!

7
Jan

Anti-Migraine Resolutions

For many of us, fewer migraines is a hopeful New Year’s Resolution. Here are some strategies to help you overcome your migraine disease.

11
Dec

Migraine Gift Guide

We’ve asked people with migraine what gifts they’d love to receive this holiday, plus the gifts you should avoid at all costs. Here’s what they said.

29
Sep

Migraine vs. Career

Are you finding yourself struggling with the idea of your migraine disorder vs. your career? It has crushed me to. Here’s how I’ve coped.

27
Sep

Feeling hopeful about Aimovig

If you have not yet heard of Aimovig, it’s a new preventative migraine treatment option for adults. I am trying it, and feeling hopeful.

4
Sep

Thoughts on the ER

Have you felt let down by the ER? Here’s a bit more detail on how I feel that the ER is missing the boat for me, as a migraine sufferer.

18
May

Use of Next Generation Sequencing Technology to identify novel hemiplegic migraine

Professor Lyn Griffiths Executive Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Conclusion: Dr. Griffiths has tested a quicker, more cost-effective genetic identification methodology, called Next Generation Sequencing(NGS). The utilization of the NGS methodology has proven successful in identifying individuals with the FHM mutation, and has proven to be 100% consistent with the older (Sanger) methodology. The

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2
May

Medical Marijuana and Migraine

I glanced at the unfamiliar things on my bed: a vaporizer, a grinder, a spoon, and two containers of marijuana. How did I end up here?

30
Mar

Why Try CCBT for Migraine?

Cognitive strategies to enhance headache sufferers’ ability to engage in behaviors that enhance their self-management of headaches.

22
Mar

Holiday Migraine Avoidance Tips

Since CGRP Antibodies cannot be found in anyone’s formulary yet, we’ll have to abide by the time honored trigger avoidance strategies during this holiday season.  Most agree the holiday season is meant to be a exceptionally joyful time of year. But a migraine can ruin the fun and celebration, and suck out the “joy”  for sure. Following are tips on

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21
Mar

What Price for Migraine Relief?

I am going to assume that most of you taking the time to read this newsletter are aware of the four big Pharma companies competing to be the first to offer a drug that may lessen, or even prevent, migraines for the more than 36 million Americans affected by this debilitating neurological illness. A quick review: Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Amgen,

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21
Mar

Intermittent FMLA: Protection for the Employed Chronic Migraine Sufferer

The subject of this month’s newsletter began with a conversation between myself and a Human Resources Specialist around coping with an employee’s pneumonia, her chronic absences, and whether or not to place her on Intermittent FMLA.  During this conversation the HR Specialist likened someone with migraine, having to take large amounts of time off, to our present case of extraordinary

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21
Mar

Genetic Research: Moving Towards a Root Cause

Genetic investigations continue to make news in the world of migraine research.  As you may recall, last year (2016) our newsletter reported a number of major genetic advances.  In probably one of the best known to date, originally published in Nature Genetics, an international group of researchers isolated 38 genetic variants implicated in migraine, 28 of them previously unknown. This

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