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Living with Migraine

9
Feb

Hormones, Menstrual Migraine & Treatment Protocols

The link between hormones and migraine disease is undeniably strong. The neurological disorder predominantly affects women of childbearing age, particularly during times of hormonal shifts: puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

29
Jan

Migraine Treatment Developments On the Horizon in 2021

In spite of COVID-19 and its impact on many of our programs, we have continued to focus our efforts on a variety of initiatives and have made great strides.

8
Jan

AMD’s Year in Review: Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

In spite of COVID-19 and its impact on many of our programs, we have continued to focus our efforts on a variety of initiatives and have made great strides.

21
Dec

Meet Alexes: An Inspiring Woman Living With Hemiplegic Migraine

Alexes’ experience is both interesting and complicated. She lives with rare debilitating types of migraine. The presentation of symptoms impacts her daily life, including loss of fine motor skills, insufferable pain in her head and body and aphasia.

2
Dec

Remembering Melissa: A Young Life Stolen By Migraine

In 2013, Melissa Dwyer lost her battle to chronic migraine. In her last year, Melissa had over 70 inpatient hospital days to try to break her migraine attacks. Each and every day she lived in excruciating pain. The pain and symptoms stopped her from living the life every 22-year-old deserves.

24
Nov

Meet Lindsay and Skylar – A Mother-Daughter Duo Living with Migraine

Lindsay had chronic daily migraine from her earliest memory (around the age of 3 or 4) until she was 30. She inherited the disease from her father. Years of daily migraine led her to develop complex regional pain syndrome (a constant pain like burning fire down to her bones) on the right side of her face, head, neck, and down her right arm. She was underweight throughout most of her twenties due to severe nausea and vomiting caused by migraine attacks. She even experienced a migraine-related seizure that stopped her breathing. She is currently episodic.

15
Nov

Meet Don – A Man Whose Career Was Cut Short By Migraine

Migraine entered my life in college and grew progressively until it ultimately ended my career. The life I had carefully built over several decades crumbled as migraine made a career focused on deadlines, schedules, and meetings impossible to maintain.

10
Nov

Meet Eula – A Combat War Veteran Living with Migraine

I dealt with menstrual headaches as a teenager, but nothing like the pain I started to experience while serving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in December 1990.

9
Nov

The Association of Migraine Disorders Launches A $100,000 Matching Challenge For Its “Research Is Hope” Campaign

The Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD) has launched its “Research is Hope” campaign to raise money for innovative research that aims to improve patient care. A generous supporter will match up to $100,000 in donations made until the end of the year. The campaign shares five unique stories of people whose lives have been drastically changed by migraine. 

16
Sep

33 Leading Experts Convene for Association of Migraine Disorder’s Migraine Symposium

More than 39 million Americans live with migraine, yet the average medical professional only receives 1 hour of medical training on this disease during medical school. The Association of Migraine Disorders is on a mission to change this with its live, one-day, educational lecture series which will be held virtually at MigraineSymposium.org on October 3, 2020.

3
Sep

How Concussion and PTSD May Complicate Migraine Disease

Migraine disease can be challenging to treat, but it may be even more complicated for patients who have also dealt with concussions and/or PTSD. Current evidence suggests that having one of those conditions puts a patient at risk for more complicated, intractable symptoms for the other conditions.

17
Jul

My Migraine Story: From Fear to Freedom

I am a 41-year old woman living in sunny California, with a wonderful family and a great job. Sounds idyllic, right? The problem is if you look closely, you would see that I am tired and frustrated from my fifteen-year battle with migraine.

1
Jul

Tips for Avoiding Food Triggers During Summer

Summer can be a tricky season for those managing migraine. So how can we continue to enjoy ourselves and live life to the fullest without triggering symptoms? Here are some tips that may help.

30
Apr

Moms With Migraine, You Are Superheroes

I hid my illness for more years than I can count. I hid the pain, the vomiting, and the vertigo. Now there are two perfect little souls looking to me to shape their world. Being a parent at all with migraine makes you a superhero

28
Feb

Why Do We Hate Light? Perhaps the Answer is More Complicated Than We Thought

Why are we as a community of people with migraine so averse to light? At least 40% of us have photophobia to some extent, but none of us really understand it.

30
Jan

Fifty Shades of Migraine: Vestibular, Hemiplegic & Migraine with Brainstem Aura

If you ask most of us, we can likely list numerous “types of migraine” that we experience. Some make us dizzy, cause us to speak unintelligibly…

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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