Guest Authors

26
Nov

New Migraine Treatments: What’s in the Pipeline

2018 may have been a pivotal year in migraine treatment with the release of CGRP monoclonal antibodies, but that was merely the first wave of new treatments for people with migraine disease. As 2019 winds down, there are more promising treatments in the pipeline than ever before, all aiming at different targets in the migraine process. Some are new kinds of medications that may abort or prevent attacks with fewer risks than other currently available treatments. Others are neuromodulators, devices that patients can apply externally to disrupt the electrical signals during migraine attacks. 

8
Nov

Invalidated, Invisible, Inspired

It wasn’t like I had a brain tumor. This is what I remember most from my first trip to the student health center the first semester of my freshman year.  The doctor loudly exclaiming outside my small sterile examining room that “it wasn’t like [I] had a brain tumor.”

31
Oct

What is strength?

Why? A simple and poignant question. It has been a breakthrough for so many. A three-letter word that cuts toward the core of understanding. I have heard both theoretical scientists and three-year-olds use this same question. Each trying to desperately grow their minds by willing it towards understanding the world around them. The day I asked the question of, why, on the side of a Tennessee path I was searching for the answers to why my stomach had revolted abruptly and violently. Leaving an otherwise patch of dry leaves moist and putrefied. The immediate causes I tried to line out but the solution still eludes me today. Even through the leaves and my unavailable powers of divination, I could see that my day was done. The “why?” of being there was easy. I have believed for some time that there is a need to show others the impact of migraine. I use arduous efforts of physical endurance to strike conversations about migraine.

15
Oct

Migraine: The Biggest Test to My Career

Having lived with constant migraine pain for the past six years, I’ve found migraine to be the biggest test of my career. For years, the disease has made it hard to get to work and impossible to focus when I am fortunate enough to make it to my desk. 

At one point my migraine attacks even stole my career. They forced me to quit my job, sublet my New York apartment and move to my parent’s home because I couldn’t function in my pain any longer. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to endure. 

27
Sep

I Lost My Light and It Could Have Lost Me Everything

I Lost My Light and It Could Have Lost Me Everything Red, puffy eyes. Swollen runny nose. Frustration, anger, grief, and sadness so intertwined that separating the emotions was impossible.  And the pain; always the pain, unrelenting and never ending, an ache in my head and in my heart that would not go away until I was dead. Symptoms of

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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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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

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.

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.

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?