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When the house itself seems sick

04/22/2014 11:25:09 AM

Saturday’s dishes are stacked high on the counter in the kitchen. There’s a collection of ripped envelopes and magazines on the table, recycling fodder that’s been sitting there for a few days... READ MORE

HIPAA Basics for Migraine Patients: Filing a Complaint

04/21/2014 18:49:23 PM

In parts one (your rights under HIPAA) and two (spotting HIPAA violations) of my series on the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that protect the privacy and security of... READ MORE

FDA Approves First Medical Device For Preventative Treatment of Migraine Headaches

04/21/2014 18:33:47 PM

In March of 2014, the FDA announced that they would allow marketing of the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device for the preventative treatment of migraine headaches.1 Cefaly is a small,... READ MORE

Five Tips for Preventing Summer-Season Migraines

04/18/2014 16:17:26 PM

It isn’t even May yet, here in Texas, but the temperatures are already reaching into the 90s. For many people, this means vacations, long days at the pool, nighttime barbeques, and family... READ MORE

Mood Swings: A Migraine Warning Sign

04/16/2014 15:56:22 PM

Three-year-olds have a particular state of meltdown when they’re overly tired and overly hungry. They become completely unreasonable, won’t listen to anyone’s suggestions and can’t make decisions. This describes me when a... READ MORE

When it’s not okay to speak up about triggers

04/14/2014 19:00:56 PM

Those of you who know me in real life (or who have read my posts here on Migraine.com before) know that I tend to be an assertive, strong advocate for those with... READ MORE

Shh! Don’t Wake the Dragon! Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene

04/11/2014 19:46:18 PM

“I love sleep. Life tends to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” -Ernest Hemingway. I can’t tell you how much I agree. When I sleep, there is a reprieve from the... READ MORE

April 26 National Prescription Take-Back Day

04/10/2014 07:03:12 AM

Experts used to tell us to flush our unneeded and out-of-date prescription medications down the toilet. Although we’ve known for some time this is not a safe option because it puts those... READ MORE

The Migraine “Cure”

04/08/2014 18:19:01 PM

Be wary of any health care provider who says their treatment will definitely reduce your migraine attacks and never, never trust anyone who says they have a migraine cure. These are my... READ MORE

Those Sneaky Triggers

04/08/2014 13:38:21 PM

Even in a safe, controlled, migraineur-friendly environment, triggers can pop up. Sunday was the first day I felt almost-good after a week and a half of migraines and back pain. I’d actually... READ MORE

Domestic Violence: A Hidden Cost of Disability

04/07/2014 14:08:15 PM

When I was 25, I married an abusive man. Previously independent, I quickly became scared and submissive, no longer in control of what I did, where I went, or even what I... READ MORE

Speak Out for Migraine & Social Security Disability Today

04/05/2014 19:32:20 PM

Many of you know first hand about the challenging process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits for Migraine. Improving this situation has been an active advocacy focus of the Alliance for... READ MORE

Pretending to Feel Fine

04/04/2014 13:10:25 PM

“Pretending to be happy when you’re in pain is just an example of how strong you are as a person.” From time to time, this statement shows up on Facebook, usually with... READ MORE

Making big plans when you don’t know what your health situation will be

04/03/2014 19:22:37 PM

As a lifelong travel addict, I am very lucky that, despite my very limited personal budget, I am awarded the opportunity to travel pretty frequently for both work and pleasure. In 2012,... READ MORE

My Morning with the Dalai Lama

04/02/2014 19:19:15 PM

Last week, I was given an amazing opportunity to see the Dalai Lama speak at the National Cathedral in DC. A dear friend of mine couldn’t go at the last minute and... READ MORE

FDA Approves Topamax for Migraine Prevention in Ages 12-17

04/01/2014 20:55:35 PM

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently that Topamax (generic name topiramate) has received approval for Migraine prevention in the adolescent population ages 12-17 years. Topamax is the first and only... READ MORE

Candesartan: Effective Preventive, Low Weight Gain Risk

03/31/2014 14:34:54 PM

For migraine prevention, candesartan (Atacand),  is as effective as the frequently prescribed beta blocker propranolol (Inderal), a recent study found.1 Plus candesartan is less likely to cause weight gain than other migraine... READ MORE

When it feels like migraine is hunting you down

03/30/2014 18:53:53 PM

I doubt it’s very healthy for me to do this, but I do spend a good deal of time thinking of migraine as my nemesis. Over the years, I’ve taken great strides... READ MORE

What’s your strangest migraine symptom?

03/28/2014 12:57:50 PM

We all know that migraine is so much more than “just a headache” -frequently accompanied by nausea/vomiting and light sensitivity. However, the less obvious symptoms associated with migraine often get overlooked –... READ MORE

Migraine and Domestic Violence

03/28/2014 12:46:29 PM

Many migraineurs have heard about the well-established link between child abuse and migraine, but fewer know about the equally important link between domestic violence and migraine. According to the CDC, the number... READ MORE

Stress & Let-Down Migraines

03/26/2014 15:03:55 PM

Are any of these scenarios familiar to you? You make it through every workweek without a migraine attack, but get at least one every weekend. You spend the first day of most... READ MORE

8 Important Facts Everyone Should Know About Migraine

03/25/2014 11:05:47 AM

Everyone, whether they have migraine or not, should know these eight things about migraine. Start Presentation Next View the original post from Kerrie here

Sitting on the Sidelines

03/24/2014 19:38:40 PM

Hiking? I’m in. Dancing the night away at a wedding? I’m in. Climbing on playground equipment? I’m in. Playing Rock Band? I’m in. Well, I want to be in, but this chronic... READ MORE

Migraine-Related Medical Care: Tips for Making Complaints

03/21/2014 12:33:45 PM

For most of us, even psyching up to ask questions and respectfully assert ourselves during our Migraine-related medical appointments is intimidating. So if you’re unsatisfied with Migraine care you’ve received, even if... READ MORE

Bruised forehead and allodynia post-migraine

03/19/2014 05:42:00 AM

Over five years ago, I finally asked my blog readers if they had ever experienced scalp and hair pain. I’d had scalp and hair pain before, during, and after migraine headaches for... READ MORE

Brain Scans for Headache: Unnecessary, Overused & Too Costly?

03/19/2014 00:47:09 AM

Even though no telltale signs of migraine show up in brain scans, they are usually part of the workup when someone first sees a doctor for head pain. MRIs and CT scans... READ MORE

Cefaly: A Migraineur’s Review

03/18/2014 14:06:24 PM

The Cefaly has received FDA approval for marketing in the U.S. and early research shows promise, but what’s it really like and does it work? Here’s my review after six months of... READ MORE

Social Media and Migraine Stigma

03/17/2014 19:59:16 PM

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. All great ways to connect with friends. To show what you enjoy in life and who you enjoy doing it with. Like most people my age, my friends and... READ MORE

What are your food triggers?

03/17/2014 06:36:33 AM

The list of potential migraine triggers can seem never-ending at times – lights, sounds, smells, too much sleep, too little sleep… the list goes on and on! Food related triggers can be... READ MORE

Your Cefaly Questions Answered

03/14/2014 15:57:17 PM

The announcement of FDA’s approval of the Cefaly external trigeminal nerve stimulator was exciting, but left migraineurs with tons of questions. Here are answers to a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.... READ MORE

When ANOTHER new trigger emerges- hot pepper

03/13/2014 19:00:36 PM

Migraine is a wily, sneaky little devil. Right when you think you know how your typical migraine episode progresses, the pattern changes completely. The drugs that used to allow you to bounce... READ MORE

Magnesium Supplementation for Migraine Patients

03/12/2014 17:56:52 PM

Magnesium is frequently discussed as a preventive therapy for Migraine. We know many Migraineurs live with a magnesium deficiency and that magnesium deficiency may promote cortical spreading depression, which is considered a... READ MORE

External Nerve Stimulation Device for Migraine Prevention Receives FDA Approval

03/12/2014 06:03:12 AM

The Cefaly, an external nerve stimulator that’s worn like a headband across the forehead, has received FDA approval to be marketed in the U.S. for migraine prevention.1 It will be available by... READ MORE

3 cheers for my bookshop team of supporters

03/10/2014 18:30:00 PM

I’ve talked before about what it’s like for me to be a migraineur entrepreneur (especially one who LOVES her job and could easily work overtime every single week if she didn’t have... READ MORE

8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Migraine

03/08/2014 07:22:09 AM

Everyone, whether they have migraine or not, should know these eight things about migraine. 1. “Migraine” is not synonymous with “bad headache.” If a person has a bad headache, they do not... READ MORE

Taking Migraine to Capitol Hill for HOH ’14: What Can YOU Do?

03/07/2014 14:52:21 PM

Again in 2014 I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual Headache on the Hill lobbying event in Washington DC to advocate for important changes for patients living with Migraine and... READ MORE

Migraine Triggers: Register Receipts. Soup, Soda Cans

03/06/2014 07:27:51 AM

Estrogen is one of those chemicals in our bodies we know can be a powerful Migraine trigger for many patients, and we’re coming into contact with it in some surprising places. For... READ MORE

Yes, Migraine IS a Disability

03/05/2014 18:03:48 PM

Migraine disease is one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses in the world and the 12th most disabling disorder in the United States. More than 90% of migraine suffers can’t function... READ MORE

Depression, Migraine’s Unpleasant Cousin

03/04/2014 18:56:03 PM

Having frequent migraine attacks is depleting in every way imaginable – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, even sexually – but when migraine’s unpleasant cousin, depression, comes to visit, migraine alone seems like an... READ MORE

Choosing to exercise when it’s the last thing I want to do

03/03/2014 17:50:48 PM

The week after Thanksgiving, my sister and I drove to Florida to visit family. Our parents live in a lovely retirement community about 15 minutes from the Atlantic, and our aunt and... READ MORE

Tax Season Giving You Migraines? Deduct It!

03/02/2014 17:16:19 PM

It’s tax season- yippee! Break out the calculators, the W-2’s, 1099’s and whatever other ridiculous forms you get mailed to remind you that you don’t make as much money as if you... READ MORE

Sound sensitivity (phonophobia) as the first sign of migraine

02/28/2014 17:13:44 PM

You are having what you think will be a migraine-free day. You go about your business and don’t give migraine a second thought, as you don’t have any reason to believe you’ll... READ MORE

The Migraine Continuum (or Spectrum)

02/25/2014 14:52:15 PM

Migraine exists on a spectrum, much like autism does, although it is rarely described in those terms. This is an unfortunate oversight. Viewing migraine on a continuum highlights the numerous factors that... READ MORE

Migraine symptom: a stiff neck

02/23/2014 07:54:01 AM

Have you ever had a migraine symptom other people notice before you do? My partner can tell when I have a migraine just by looking into my eyes—apparently I often get a... READ MORE

The Pros and Cons of Invisibility

02/21/2014 12:48:55 PM

Living with invisible illness is a constant struggle, and not just because of the illness itself. On the positive side, the invisibility of migraine enables those of us with the disease to... READ MORE

Caution: Taking This Drug May Cause…(Part Two)

02/21/2014 12:31:40 PM

In Part One of this Series, I outlined how I dealt with losing my hair due to a preventative medication.  That was an extreme case and is likely not going to happen... READ MORE

Restorative Yoga at Home

02/20/2014 19:15:07 PM

Yoga. Just reading the word may conjure up images of incredibly fit people wearing tight clothes and sweating profusely while holding impossible poses for minutes at a time. That’s one interpretation of... READ MORE

What I did when I accidentally mixed meds

02/19/2014 18:15:08 PM

I recently did something very irresponsible. I have only told one person (my partner, Jim) about this because, as a patient advocate and so-called mostly-self-taught expert, mistakes like this should not be... READ MORE

Stroke & Migraine with Aura: Prevention

02/18/2014 09:11:58 AM

Each year approximately 55,000 more women than men experience a stroke. In recognition of this, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association collaborated to develop a set of guidelines for reducing... READ MORE

Epidural for Childbirth and Migraine: What is the Connection?

02/17/2014 17:32:24 PM

The use of an epidural for anesthesia during delivery is used by over 50% of women in labor in the United States. The area (low back) is prepped and a needle is... READ MORE

Barring a cure for migraine, what’s one change that would make your life easier?

02/16/2014 09:35:35 AM

I daydream. A lot. I daydream about my work life, my romantic life, my next vacation. I daydream about totally mundane things, as well: what would the house be like if I... READ MORE

I Am Not a Migraine Sufferer, I Am Not a Victim

02/15/2014 15:57:00 PM

Do not call me a migraine sufferer. I have an illness called migraine, but I do not suffer from it. Having migraine is not a choice, suffering from it is. Suffering is... READ MORE

Tips for Battling the Winter Blues

02/13/2014 18:54:01 PM

Tis the season….. for seasonal depression?! Seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans.  In fact, another 10-20% may experience mild SAD, most commonly during the... READ MORE

Oral Film for Acute Migraine Treatment Closer to FDA Approval

02/13/2014 17:44:16 PM

Pharma companies developing a new delivery system for an existing Migraine treatment medication are one step closer to receiving FDA approval of it. The drug, currently called, RHB-103 is a dissolving oral... READ MORE

Debunking Misconceptions about Depression

02/12/2014 12:30:58 PM

Depression is one of the most common co-existing conditions seen in migraine patients, and migraine suffers are at least two times more likely than the general population to suffer from major depressive... READ MORE

The Stigma of Migraine… Among People Who Have Migraine

02/11/2014 18:13:22 PM

“Migraine’s not an ‘illness,’ it’s an annoying thing to deal with occasionally. It’s not like it’s disabling.” “Anyone who says they can take an over-the-counter painkiller to stop a migraine doesn’t really... READ MORE

Valentines for Migraineurs

02/10/2014 19:59:35 PM

Valentines Day. Just the thought of it can trigger a migraine in itself. Chocolate is a trigger for many, as are the scents that often come with a bouquet. Dinner at a... READ MORE

Migraine Prevention Medication and Green Tea Warning

02/10/2014 05:40:00 AM

Migraine patients taking Migraine medication and drinking green tea, may not be getting all they bargained for. Taking Migraine preventive medicines like the anti-hypertensive nadolol, name brand Corgard, can be helpful to... READ MORE

Why do I say I’m fine when I’m not?

02/09/2014 06:20:18 AM

Here’s a strange thing I do. Granted, I do a lot of strange things (I am kind of an oddball), but this particular strange thing has me scratching my head sometimes, and... READ MORE

Headache on the Hill 2014 Preview

02/07/2014 19:01:28 PM

Weather permitting (knock on wood), I’ll be leaving for Washington DC this Sunday to participate in the 2014 Headache on the Hill event. Headache on the Hill is an annual lobbying event... READ MORE

Completely Unofficial Made-Up Migraine Types: the Bulldozer

02/06/2014 18:38:31 PM

As someone who has dealt with migraines for two decades now, I’ve become somewhat of an expert in this sneaky, oft-unpredictable disease. I not only try to keep up with research by... READ MORE

Migraine, Head Bumps & Overreaction

02/05/2014 18:13:16 PM

As a nearly lifelong Migraineur, I’ve always been sensitive about getting bumped in the head. Definitely more concerned about it than your average Jane. But in the years since my Migraine Disease... READ MORE

The Well of Grief

02/04/2014 13:17:00 PM

As I see it, you are dealing with two equally important issues: migraine and grief about what migraine has done to your life. I was floored when the naturopath summed up our... READ MORE

Book Review: Braving the Fire

02/03/2014 19:20:20 PM

Some folks I know with chronic illness prickle a little bit when I refer to the grieving process I went through (and occasionally delve back into) when I accepted that migraine disease... READ MORE

Placebo Effect & Migraine: What Does the Research Mean?

02/02/2014 19:01:33 PM

Research examining the relationship between the placebo effect and a Migraine treatment medication in a novel way, which was published in January, received a lot of attention. Unfortunately it required much sifting... READ MORE

Prisoners With Migraine

01/31/2014 19:22:06 PM

Despite migraine never making an appearance in “Orange is the New Black,” I think about it every single episode. The cinder block walls and concrete floors off which every sound reverberates, the... READ MORE

Trigger UNhappy-when worrying about migraine triggers impacts the way you live

01/31/2014 12:14:58 PM

I’ve spent nearly two-thirds of my life keeping an eye out for migraine triggers. When I was a young teenager, I didn’t know that my debilitating headaches had anything to do with... READ MORE

Headache Camp

01/29/2014 13:35:29 PM

Last summer, as millions of kids were headed off to camp, I was preparing to go too. I bought new pajamas, I stock piled magazines, and had a list of movies to... READ MORE

The song that best describes my migraines is…

01/29/2014 10:50:04 AM

We asked you for the names of songs that describe your migraines – and you told us! Migraine is different for everyone – and it would seem the songs you suggested are... READ MORE

Vestibular Migraine under the Updated Migraine Classification System

01/28/2014 19:52:00 PM

With the International Headache Society’s release of an update to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, the ICHD-III (beta), comes a variety of changes to classification of Migraine and other headache disorders.... READ MORE

Miracle Cure

01/27/2014 18:45:08 PM

If you’ve ever mentioned to another human being that you suffer from migraines, you’ve gotten some unsolicited advice. In my experience, the advisors are always delivering their tips with the best of... READ MORE

10 Ways to Help Someone With Migraine

01/26/2014 09:26:45 AM

Whether someone has chronic migraine, high-frequency episodic migraine, or the occasional migraine attack that knocks them out for days on end, nearly everyone with migraine could use help during a flareup. Unfortunately,... READ MORE

National Saline Shortage May Affect Migraine Patients

01/24/2014 15:14:48 PM

Migraine patients too often end up in the emergency department, desperate with Migraine pain and needing Migraine medications and rehydration. If you end up in the ER in the near future, it’s... READ MORE

Trouble With The Curve

01/23/2014 21:18:42 PM

Has someone thrown a ball at you when you weren’t expecting it? With little time to react, all you can do is brace yourself for impact. Your body turns inward, your hands... READ MORE

Marley’s Migraine – Part 4

01/22/2014 18:12:56 PM

In November 2012, I started posting something I said would be serial story, something I’d post each month in a handful of installments until the whole story was told. I originally composed... READ MORE

Migraine Diagnostic Criteria: Important Updates

01/22/2014 08:01:52 AM

As we’ve often discussed, the ICHD (International Classification of Headache Disorders) is the gold standard for diagnosis and classification of Migraine and Headache Disorders. The ICHD is now on its third version,... READ MORE

Common Misconceptions About Mindfulness and Meditation

01/21/2014 10:12:24 AM

The health benefits of mindfulness and meditation (and mindfulness meditation) have made the news yet again, this time in a meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine1 that found meditation to be beneficial... READ MORE

Loneliness of Living with Disabling Chronic Migraine

01/20/2014 07:54:29 AM

Every single day it’s me at home alone with Felix and Maisy, but then I get to spend my evenings with my husband. Those few evening hours aren’t enough, and the pets... READ MORE

A Migraine Mama’s Advice on Balancing Medication Usage During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

01/18/2014 08:12:18 AM

Many mothers find that growing and nourishing an infant does more than just fill us with awe, give us a “glow,” and cause us to pat our own stomachs on a near-constant... READ MORE

New Year’s Health Resolutions

01/16/2014 21:14:43 PM

I hope I’m not cursing myself by actually putting down in words my resolutions for 2014. So far I have been pretty terrible at living up to my self-proclaimed resolutions each January... READ MORE

Creating a Suicide Safety Plan

01/16/2014 21:07:54 PM

Note: This overview on how to create a suicide safety plan is based on my experience creating my own plan and guidance I have found online. It is an explanation of the... READ MORE

5 tips when migraines endanger friendships

01/16/2014 09:48:35 AM

Migraines can have a significant impact on life and everyday relationships. There is often a feeling of being misunderstood that can endanger friendships and relationships. Start Presentation Next View the original post... READ MORE

I get knocked down, but I get up again

01/14/2014 15:38:18 PM

For those of us who listened to (or suffered through) 1990s Top 40 radio, the song is already playing in your head. Before I apologize for implanting this earworm, I ask that... READ MORE

Rhinitis Common Among Migraine Patients

01/13/2014 19:38:30 PM

Research about the association between rhinitis and Migraine was recently presented at the 2013 American Headache Society Scottsdale Headache Symposium by Dawn C. Buse, a researcher and psychologist who practices behavioral medicine.... READ MORE

Breaking Out of the Migraine Prison

01/12/2014 14:27:50 PM

“I want out” is a common mental refrain when my migraines are dragging me down. I daydream about unzipping my skin and stepping out of this body (not that ridding myself of... READ MORE

A Brisk Walk Made Me Pain-Free (for a bit)

01/09/2014 20:35:48 PM

The first week of December, my sister and I drove the  nine hours south to my parents’ house in Florida.  As the owner of a bustling local retail store, it was hard... READ MORE

A New Migraine Toolkit for a New Year

01/08/2014 19:54:04 PM

January inevitably brings a flurry of activity. We make resolutions, start new projects, and dive head first into tasks that have been languishing for months. While this is often great for our... READ MORE

Caution: Taking This Drug May Cause…(Part One)

01/08/2014 13:31:51 PM

I constantly work with my neurologist to adjust medications, hoping that one day we’ll discover the perfect cocktail to manage my Chronic Migraines. The ever-changing ingredients can lead to a range of... READ MORE

Cognitive Dysfunction and Migraine

01/06/2014 20:17:59 PM

It will come as no surprise to any Migraineur reading this that Migraine attacks are frequently associated with cognitive and mental symptoms. Patients often find these symptoms to be some of the... READ MORE

My Road to Workplace Accommodations

01/05/2014 17:43:17 PM

Do you have accommodations at your place of work? How easy or difficult was it for you to get them? I am very happy with the accommodations I have now, but I... READ MORE

Trying New Treatments

01/02/2014 09:05:29 AM

Trying new migraine treatments makes my list of New Year’s resolutions every year. I start January excited by the possibilities and want to jump in and try all the possibilities at once.... READ MORE

Help (Not) Wanted

12/31/2013 19:09:10 PM

A few weeks ago, I was in the midst of a knock-down, drag out Migraine and I was not winning the battle. I hadn’t left the apartment in four days. I could... READ MORE

Craniosacral Therapy for Migraine

12/29/2013 16:03:06 PM

Craniosacral (or cranial sacral) therapy feels the most like witchcraft of any of the migraine treatments I’ve tried. Despite being performed by a massage therapist, CST is nothing like typical massage. Instead,... READ MORE

Marley’s Migraine Part 3

12/27/2013 05:31:48 AM

In November 2012, I started posting something I said would be serial story, something I’d post each month in a handful of installments until the whole story was told.  I originally composed... READ MORE

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