Living with Migraine

3
Jan

What to Look Forward to In 2020

The years of migraine flying under the radar are behind us. Though there is still much progress to be made, the last few years have been some of the most monumental we’ve seen for the migraine community, making us all the more excited for 2020.

20
Dec

Top 5 Blogs of 2019

  As the year comes to a close, we are recapping the five highest viewed blog posts from 2019…   1. Pregnancy and Migraine Medications Pregnancy is a step into the unknown. It can be the most wonderful time in a person’s life, but it can also be intimidating. For women living with migraine disease, contemplating pregnancy can be downright

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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.”

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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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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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.

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.

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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