Getting Creative: Chronic Migraine Workarounds

08/28/2017 12:10:10 PM

Chronic migraines took away my ability to write songs. It was one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. I’d get lost in the creative process. I’d sit down to... READ MORE

It Might Be Time to Stop Asking “Why?”

08/25/2017 11:33:47 AM

Why? Why did my migraine attacks start? Why did I get so sick? Why is it worse for me than others? Why? When my migraine disease became chronic in 2011, this was... READ MORE

Treatment of Others and Not Judging

08/24/2017 17:24:57 PM

Being raised in the South, my mother always told me to treat others how I would want them to treat me regardless of who they may be in the eyes of the... READ MORE

MTHFR, Migraine, and the C677T Variant

08/23/2017 15:13:53 PM

In 2014, I wrote my first article on migraine and the MTHFR variant. Since then, I’ve received dozens of emails from readers asking for additional information. In this piece, I’ll address some... READ MORE

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly- Emergency Room Visits with a Migraine-Part 2

08/22/2017 14:55:28 PM

In Part 1 of this 2-part article I looked at the Ugly Side of ER Visits for a Migraineur. Part 2 will look at The Good, and constructive ways we can get... READ MORE

Marriage and Migraine – The Spouse Perspective

08/21/2017 13:06:08 PM

We don’t often discuss how migraine impacts marriage. Both people in the relationship are affected by the toll it takes on the person living with migraine. Migraine has a way of wearing a... READ MORE

Coping with Dependence

08/18/2017 14:16:30 PM

Before and after I’m often tempted to draw myself a picture of life “before and after” migraine. At first glance, the comparison seems a bit tragic: before migraine I was a self-sufficient,... READ MORE

Constant surveillance

08/17/2017 09:36:22 AM

“How do I feel today?” That’s the question that our lives often revolve around if we have chronic migraine. Sometimes even more precise: “How do I feel right now?” However it is... READ MORE

DHE Injection DIY

08/16/2017 11:15:59 AM

For some of us, triptans don’t work as an abortive medication during a migraine attack. The next option a doctor may suggest is DHE (dihydroergotamine). While this medication can be prescribed in... READ MORE

More Migraine Guilt: Hating Housework

08/15/2017 10:20:34 AM

In April, the spotlight topic on was Spring Cleaning. At the time, I laughed and then wrote this article with a bit of irony in mind, and then did not upload... READ MORE

Photophobia: Dealing with Painful Light Sensitivity

08/14/2017 10:58:27 AM

Photophobia is a symptom many individuals deal with as part of their migraine. Personally my own photophobia is pretty bad. There are a number of ways people with chronic migraine can deal... READ MORE

The Differences Among Us: What I Wish Others With Migraine Knew

08/11/2017 12:05:28 PM

There are many things those of us with migraine disease wish people without it understood. It isn’t just a headache. It is severely disabling. Symptoms can come and go. We express our... READ MORE

6 Things To Know About Applying For Social Security Disability

08/10/2017 16:32:39 PM

Making the decision to stop working to take care of your health is difficult and deeply personal. I felt anxiety and guilt over leaving my career. The uncertainty of my future was... READ MORE

When the Migraine Glass is Almost Full

08/09/2017 09:27:46 AM

You may have seen the One-Minute Trigger Theory video we shared recently. I talk about how each trigger fills the glass more and when it overflows I get a migraine. Today let’s... READ MORE

Botox Day: 6 Tips That Help Me Prepare

08/08/2017 14:06:43 PM

Botox day is generally not the most looked forward to or pleasant day in the life of a chronic migraine patient. Not only do those injections, 31 to be exact, hurt like the... READ MORE

Keeping Up With Your Medical Records

08/07/2017 15:30:00 PM

It is a hard decision choosing to move on to another doctor when things are not going anywhere with the current doctors. But there are times when it is necessary to try... READ MORE

Laboring Through Migraine

08/04/2017 10:39:04 AM

I binge-watch TV, because it is one of the most effective ways I’ve found to distract myself from the pain associated with migraine. It provides a way to pass the long hours... READ MORE

Interview with Dr. Goadsby – What to Expect of CGRP

08/03/2017 17:24:02 PM

To follow up on the exciting discussions that took place at this year’s American Headache Society Conference, we spoke with Peter Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS, AHS Scientific Program Committee Chair on the... READ MORE

Migraine Tips, Tools and Technology Hacks!

08/02/2017 07:20:49 AM

This month we are highlighting migraine tips, tools and technology hacks that our contributors and community members have shared that may help to better manage life with migraine. Here are some ways... READ MORE

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly- Emergency Room Visits with a Migraine-Part 1

08/01/2017 16:07:58 PM

To a person who suffers from migraines, especially Chronic Migraines, like myself, a trip to the ER is a fairly common occurrence. Having had Migraines for over 30 years, I have experienced... READ MORE

When The Home Life Needs Balance

07/31/2017 11:54:55 AM

In relationships with two healthy partners and relationships with a sick partner, it is easy for one individual to seem to bear the brunt of everything. Sometimes it is as simple as... READ MORE

The Migraine and the Mountain: A Travel Story

07/30/2017 15:17:02 PM

Hey awesome community members! How you peeps doin’? Hope you’re well, but if you’re in need of a laugh, check out my video. Why, you ask? If you want to know how... READ MORE

Breaking Up With Red Wine

07/28/2017 10:11:59 AM

Red wine is a common migraine trigger for many individuals, with or without being chronic. Originally, it was not one for me and I would have a glass of wine every night... READ MORE

The Baby Question

07/27/2017 15:16:10 PM

Imagine… It’s four o’clock in the morning. Your baby has woken up crying its lungs out for the fifth time. Soothing the poor teething creature with a common cold back to sleep... READ MORE

Dear Migraine, It’s Not You, It’s Me…

07/27/2017 14:48:30 PM

Dear migraine, We need to talk. You might want to sit down. We’ve been together for about twenty years now. You’ve been a faithful companion for as long as I can remember,... READ MORE

Vestibular Migraine Linked to Increased Anxiety, Say Researchers

07/26/2017 12:06:49 PM

The link between anxiety and migraine disease is well established. Those of us with migraine experience anxiety disorders at two to five times the rate of people without migraine, and about 50%... READ MORE

Firing Your Doctor

07/26/2017 12:05:48 PM

Growing up, my mother always told me, it was my job to go to school and my teachers’ job to teach me; therefore, if I didn’t understand something, it was the teacher’s... READ MORE

Questions for Your Doctor Regarding CGRPs

07/25/2017 09:26:13 AM

During the flurry of news articles about the upcoming and anticipated CGRPs for migraine treatment, we decided to ask our contributors what questions they would ask their doctors. Their questions have been... READ MORE

Caffeine: Trigger or Treatment?

07/25/2017 09:24:08 AM

This is one article in a series the migraine contributors are working on called “Trigger or Treatment.” Migraine disease is a complicated illness, and one of the reasons is that we all... READ MORE

Migraine Frequencies: Exactly How Different Are They?

07/24/2017 11:37:04 AM

We conducted a large survey of people who have migraine, and asked many questions about what it’s like living with different types of migraine. We then examined the type of migraine as... READ MORE

Patient Perspective: Complementary and Alternative Therapy

07/24/2017 09:58:55 AM

Migraine disease affects everyone differently. I’ve had the great fortune to meet so many others with migraine, either in person or online. Our conversations have revealed how alike we are in our... READ MORE

The Making of a Self Care Manifesto Part 2

07/23/2017 11:52:55 AM

A Self Care Manifesto doesn’t just happen. As I discussed in Part 1, I had to be pretty darn downtrodden before I decided to take a long hard look at my daily... READ MORE

The Race to Offer CGRPs

07/21/2017 15:26:14 PM

People with migraine may have a new option for treatment soon, and these new medications aren’t just about treating the pain after it’s begun – they prevent migraines from getting started. While... READ MORE

Patient Perspective: Migraine Triggers

07/21/2017 14:36:33 PM

Migraine disease affects everyone differently. I’ve had the great fortune to meet so many others with migraine, either in person or online. Our conversations have revealed how alike we are in our... READ MORE

Do Migraines Make You Sad or Mad?

07/20/2017 14:32:42 PM

In my experience, people generally respond to migraines with two different extreme emotions: sadness or anger. Which are you? This challenging condition is hard on us all. We experience debilitating pain and correlating... READ MORE

Brain Fog and my Missing Keys

07/20/2017 10:13:11 AM

So here I am, in a high school auditorium ten miles from my house, at my daughters’ play practice. My head pain symptoms of migraine have been worse this week than months... READ MORE

The Making of a Self Care Manifesto: Part 1

07/19/2017 14:27:04 PM

Rock bottom I’ve heard it said many times that a person sometimes has to hit rock bottom in order to finally make a change. I’ve mostly heard this term used in the... READ MORE

Getting to Know Gretchen

07/18/2017 18:38:52 PM

We have an incredible team of contributors here at, and are introducing some of our newest members by highlighting their “Ask the Experts” questions from Migraine Awareness Month. Gretchen joined both... READ MORE

Check Out the New Q&A Feature

07/18/2017 11:51:16 AM

Have a question about migraines and aren’t sure where to turn? The Q&A feature helps you get quick answers and suggestions from other community members. You can search through previously posted questions... READ MORE

Video- Thanks Let Down Migraine…

07/18/2017 09:15:28 AM

After a stressful, yet productive, three weeks of travel, I got an aura out of nowhere the day after I flew back home across the country. I was so proud of how... READ MORE

Part 1 Lessons Learned: Through the Eyes of a Person with Chronic Migraine

07/17/2017 09:35:16 AM

Part # 1 – spoons If you don’t know the Spoon Theory, you should read it. It was written by Christine Miserandino on, she talks about explaining dealing with chronic illness,... READ MORE

Why you need to prioritize your health today

07/16/2017 16:44:56 PM

This video is for those who know they have been delaying taking care of themselves and their migraine disease. We often think of others first. We avoid seeing the doctor because we’re... READ MORE

The Migraine Cave

07/14/2017 11:47:45 AM

Anybody who has had migraine much less chronic migraine can generally explain the benefits of a migraine cave to anybody who seems a little lost on the subject. The migraine cave helps... READ MORE

Patient Perspective: Migraine Symptoms

07/13/2017 16:16:21 PM

Migraine disease affects everyone differently. I’ve had the great fortune to meet so many others with migraine, either in person or online. Our conversations have revealed how alike we are in our... READ MORE

Managing Expectations on Vacation

07/13/2017 14:43:48 PM

This month’s engagement theme on is travel. It’s July 1, and I’m sitting here taking a break from packing for our family vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Last summer,... READ MORE

Why do we seem so withdrawn?

07/12/2017 08:09:00 AM

This is a video you can share with close family and friends to explain why we may appear withdrawn or not ourselves when we are dealing with migraine. It was inspired by... READ MORE

Happy, happy, joy, joy: Migraine Free for 30 Days and Feeling Off Balance

07/11/2017 13:24:25 PM

After writing last December about a month-long migraine, I am happy to report that I have had a month migraine free. Yup, I’m going all Ren and Stimpy on you. “Happy, happy,... READ MORE

Exercise: Treatment or Trigger

07/11/2017 10:23:10 AM

Living with migraine disease means dealing with many things that act as double swords. Exercise is definitely one of those things, acting as both preventative and trigger for a vast number of... READ MORE

“Clusterheads” Documentary Gains Momentum

07/10/2017 09:11:35 AM

In 2015, I reported on the start of a new documentary, following multiple individuals with cluster headache disease. I recently caught up with filmmaker, Tyler Mann, and producer, Cindy Reynolds, to get... READ MORE

Snapshot of Wellness

07/10/2017 08:56:32 AM

Migraines do a heartbreakingly comprehensive job of snuffing out our perspective and making us forget that good times are in our reach. I invite you to join me in a challenge I’m... READ MORE

Five Essentials of CGRPs

07/09/2017 15:50:26 PM

Researchers are still searching to uncover the pathology that causes migraines, in hopes that by understanding how they develop, new treatments can interrupt the disease process and prevent migraines from occurring altogether.... READ MORE

They’re Wrong and You Can Prove It

07/09/2017 15:43:31 PM

Recently I was trying to cajole some headache doctors I know to start a Miles for Migraine walk/run in their communities. They said to me that they wouldn’t be successful at getting... READ MORE

CGRP drugs, have you heard of them?

07/07/2017 09:55:05 AM

We posed a question to our Facebook and Twitter community members asking them: “Have you heard of CGRP drugs that are in clinical trials for migraine prevention? If so, please share your... READ MORE

Spotlight: Travel and Migraine

07/06/2017 07:34:12 AM

When living with migraine, travel can be a logistical, emotional and physical nightmare! How can you in most cases even consider traveling when you are in pain, transport all of your medications and... READ MORE

A Sister’s Perspective

07/05/2017 12:49:54 PM

I made a list of several questions and put my sister to the task of honestly answering them. Some of you may see some of her points come off as harsh, but... READ MORE

My Last CGRP Treatment

07/02/2017 20:23:58 PM

Today I drove to the last appointment for my CGRP clinical trial in which I will receive an injection. There will be more appointments, but only to monitor how I’m doing. Follow... READ MORE

My Dead End Search for the Root Problem

06/30/2017 10:29:54 AM

Unqualified migraine detectives When I was first diagnosed with chronic migraine, I was obsessed with finding THE root problem, and thus the answer to make migraine go away forever. So were my... READ MORE

You Are Not Alone

06/29/2017 10:07:04 AM

Life with migraine can feel like traveling alone to an unfamiliar country on the other side of the world. The journey can be long, lonely and stressful. People with migraines must maneuver... READ MORE

Benefits of Support Groups

06/28/2017 09:35:20 AM

Support groups, either in person or virtual, can make many positive effects on individuals with medical conditions or those who have other stressful events going on in their lives. Managing a chronic... READ MORE

New Tools & Features on

06/27/2017 11:33:00 AM

You may have noticed some changes around We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve added some new features and functionality to provide an even better experience for the most important people in... READ MORE

How to Educate Someone About Migraine

06/27/2017 09:24:08 AM

In this video I explain an all-too-familiar scenario that we often find ourselves in, where we have to find the best methods to get through to someone about migraine. This is for... READ MORE

CGRP Treatment #6

06/26/2017 11:09:33 AM

I woke up the day of my sixth CGRP treatment dismayed to feel low-level pain in a tight band around my head. I could hear rain pattering against the window and a... READ MORE

How to Become a Patient Advocate

06/26/2017 08:40:03 AM

In the past few months, I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities to be part of events or have discussions about the trials and tribulations of those who have migraine or cluster disease.... READ MORE

Community Featured Stories

06/23/2017 09:08:01 AM

Nearly every day on, members take the time to share their very personal migraine story and journey with us. Whether it be to share advice, tips, looking for support or simply... READ MORE

Migraine Man

06/22/2017 16:35:38 PM

Until recently I had not thought much about the differences between how I experience and cope with my migraines as compared to the other writers here. I felt like I blended in... READ MORE

A Peek Into the Unique World of Migraine from Sarah Hackley

06/21/2017 07:30:10 AM

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and those of us at wanted to give our community members a peek into the unique ways migraine manifests for each of us. We... READ MORE

Shades for Migraine Event & Photophobia

06/20/2017 08:53:30 AM

With the month of June being Migraine Awareness month, many organizations are working on ways to increase and spread the awareness of migraine and to try to make migraine more visible. One... READ MORE

The Emotional Impact of Migraine

06/19/2017 07:51:54 AM

Migraine has more widely known and recognized physical symptoms, but also the emotional symptoms which are not as widely discussed or accepted. Take a look at why Kerrie Smyres is so passionate... READ MORE

Three Reasons for the Stigma of Migraine

06/16/2017 15:11:47 PM

Stigma imposes a huge penalty in the everyday lives of patients with migraine. It increases social isolation and causes adverse consequences to self-esteem and mood. Stigmatized diseases get less research funding, and... READ MORE

When Migraine Whispers Poison in Your Ear

06/15/2017 15:10:52 PM

You know those times when you’re lying in bed, doused in peppermint oil, aching all over, nauseous, maybe with your ice pack positioned just so and a mounting pile of soggy tissues?... READ MORE

Shades for Migraine – Interview with Dr. Rick Godley

06/14/2017 16:22:50 PM

For Migraine Awareness Month, we connected with Dr. Frederick Godley, the President of the Association of Migraine Disorders to learn more about Shades for Migraine Day. “We propose that everyone who has... READ MORE

“That’s OK, I have a headache too”

06/13/2017 14:52:29 PM

If you have migraine disease, you’ve probably heard your fair share of irritating comments. From questions like “Well, have you tried this…?”, to remarks like “You always have a headache”, explaining your... READ MORE

Fighting for Migraine

06/12/2017 08:57:15 AM

Many advocates and I have taken to heart a new way of speaking about migraine, and so I felt compelled to make a graphic to show a few examples: This graphic is... READ MORE

An interview with a Migraineur Caregiver

06/09/2017 16:06:59 PM

A Little History My husband, Michael and I both have Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. However, I also suffer from Chronic Migraine Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. While we find ourselves in even a rather... READ MORE

Ever Wanted to Gift a Migraine?

06/08/2017 15:54:41 PM

For years now, I have worked with people who have chronic migraine and for most of these individuals have people in their lives who are not very understanding of what they deal... READ MORE

Take the Media Usage Survey!

06/08/2017 11:31:22 AM

Managing a chronic condition such as migraine is not easy and can be physically and mentally exhausting. What do you do to unwind and take your mind off coping with your condition?... READ MORE

INvisible Project: An interview with Nicole Hemmenway

06/07/2017 14:40:16 PM

We sat down and spoke with Nicole Hemmenway, Vice President of the U.S. Pain Foundation, so she could tell us about the INvisible Project, and how they’re spreading awareness for migraine through... READ MORE

Duped by the Migraine

06/06/2017 11:04:25 AM

Do you ever have those days where you’re in denial that you have a migraine attack coming on? In this video I talk candidly about the silly things I tried to ward... READ MORE

Part II Ask the Experts: Awareness

06/02/2017 12:51:37 PM

For Migraine Awareness Month we reached out to our contributors (experts) and asked them a series of questions. In Part II of this series, we asked, “What do you wish people understood... READ MORE

Part I Ask the Experts: Coping with Migraine

06/02/2017 09:09:51 AM

Living with migraine can lead to strong feelings of isolation as well as difficulty staying positive and finding ways to effectively cope. So, for Migraine Awareness Month we reached out to our... READ MORE

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Means Hearing From You!

06/01/2017 10:58:29 AM

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month! This means, we want to hear from YOU and to get people talking to bring a greater understanding of what life is really like... READ MORE

Change Your Profile Picture (Avatar) for Migraine Awareness Month!

05/31/2017 07:45:59 AM

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month! One small, yet very meaningful thing you can do to help raise awareness is to change your profile picture (avatar) across your social media sites... READ MORE

Move Against Migraine: An interview with Dr. Dodick

05/31/2017 07:43:57 AM

With Migraine Awareness Month around the corner, we sat down to speak with Dr. David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, FAHS, the Chair of the American Migraine Foundation (AMF), President of... READ MORE

Coping with Migraine On the Clock without Medication

05/30/2017 07:33:20 AM

Working while experiencing a migraine attack is something none of us wants to do. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to keep pushing through for one reason or another, even on days we can’t... READ MORE

Managing Medications on the Go

05/29/2017 07:31:34 AM

As you probably know figuring out a way to manage your medications at home can be time consuming and complicated enough. This means that trying to manage these medications while you are... READ MORE

Life in a Waiting Room

05/26/2017 13:15:36 PM

It seems like I spend half of my life in the waiting room to see one doctor or another. People come and go without much chatter or eye contact. Everyone is simply... READ MORE

Whack-a-mole: Chasing Freedom from Pain

05/25/2017 12:38:16 PM

As we seek freedom from pain and related symptoms of migraine, it can end up feeling like we are playing a crazy and awful game of whack-a-mole. With a medicated hammer, we... READ MORE

Honey, I think I’m Getting a Migraine

05/24/2017 16:22:58 PM

Do you have a sixth sense? Last month, we reached out to the migraine community, asking members to describe their “sixth sense” for migraines, or how they predict when they’re getting a... READ MORE

Always on the Edge

05/22/2017 10:31:01 AM

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be one step away from your entire life falling apart? Ever had to wonder if missing just one more day of work due to... READ MORE

The Terrible Two: Fatigue & Insomnia

05/19/2017 14:58:46 PM

In the parenting world, the “terrible twos” refers to the period of time that toddlers start seeking their independence and get into mischief. In this article, I refer to a very different... READ MORE

Medication Graveyard: Properly Managing and Disposing of Pills

05/18/2017 15:20:34 PM

Anyone who has wrestled with chronic pain for any length of time likely has a corresponding medicine cabinet or drawer full of medications that reflects a journey seeking relief. The longer the... READ MORE

Migraine and Anxiety: An Interview with Psychologist Brooke Pellegrino

05/17/2017 15:33:29 PM

Recently we shared a video describing a panic attack that occurred when I was afraid of getting a severe migraine attack in public. Many community members commented that they, too, have dealt... READ MORE

It Started With a Concussion

05/16/2017 14:13:16 PM

Migraine #1: no big deal Unlike many people who live with migraine, my journey had pretty clear beginnings. My very first migraine came on while I was hanging out with friends in... READ MORE

When Pain Means More

05/15/2017 11:38:02 AM

When living with chronic pain, sometimes we end up missing the important signs our bodies are trying to give us. Pain is one of the ways our bodies try to tell us... READ MORE

Is it Migraine or Something Else?

05/12/2017 15:35:53 PM

Living with a chronic illness tends to make us believe that every physical symptom we experience is related to that illness. This is especially true for something as symptomatically varied as migraine.... READ MORE

Not Exactly Every Little Girl’s Dream

05/11/2017 15:38:36 PM

A life with chronic pain is definitely never something I imagined for myself while growing up. I had episodic migraine but it was more like getting a cold, something that would come... READ MORE

When Reaching For the Stars Lands You in a Ditch

05/10/2017 13:47:39 PM

Finding a balance between work and self-care can be difficult for people who are the perfect picture of health. I know, because I used to be one of them! I’ve always envied... READ MORE

Share your story for Migraine Awareness Month!

05/09/2017 23:00:34 PM

Migraine Awareness Month is right around the corner! Awareness month is all about educating others, getting new ideas, sharing resources, organizing events and revealing what life is really like living with migraine.... READ MORE

My Experience with Zembrace, the 3 mg Sumatriptan Injection

05/09/2017 11:48:51 AM

I have written in the past about my current neurologist and how he likes to prescribe the newest available medications, which right now are newer forms of previously available medications. Last time... READ MORE

The accomplishment of making it through a day with a migraine

05/08/2017 08:19:09 AM

Making a list When I was 11, my mom was concerned that I was letting the days pass without getting anything accomplished.  Looking back, outside of dance classes and school, I honestly... READ MORE