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The Migraine and Headache voice

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A Pinterest board all about Migraine in Facts and Images

 

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New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches

New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
The cause of migraine headaches has eluded scientists for centuries. Now a theory blaming one nerve has led to drugs that prevent attacks
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Migraine Brain - YouTube

http://www.sfn.org/bavc   Migraines are more than just headaches. Explore what a migraine looks like in the brain, while learning about blood vessels, sensory receptors, and pain pathways. 

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Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

Migraines aren’t just awful headaches. They are a neurological condition that often come withcluster of syndromes before and after pain starts. These are called prodromes, which can warn some sufferers when a headache is coming, and postdromes, or “migraine hangovers” that can leave patients feeling exhausted.

As someone who gets migraines fairly regularly (about once a month), I consider myself lucky to have migraine prodromes, because they form a pattern that can potentially help me get treatment to ward off pain before it becomes too serious. I try to note down symptoms in my calendar immediately after a migraine. Unfortunately, this is difficult, especially in the postdrome phase, when I’m usually feeling too groggy to write anything down.

Singapore-based healthcare startup Healint has released a new mobile platform that it hopes will help patients and doctors do a better job of collaborating on migraine care. Called Migraine Buddy, it consists of an app that sufferers can use to keep a comprehensive record of their symptoms, and dashboard with data that doctors can reference during checkups.

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Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain - PsyPost

Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain - PsyPost | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

"Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena."

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Migraine Non-Drug Treatments and Lifestyle Changes - Migraine Health Information - NY Times Health

Migraine Non-Drug Treatments and Lifestyle Changes - Migraine Health Information - NY Times Health | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Free articles and multimedia from The NY Times, including information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, tests, and surgical procedures, as well as current news and interviews with leading experts.
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Creating a Suicide Safety Plan - Migraine.com

Creating a Suicide Safety Plan - Migraine.com | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Migraine and depression have recently been linked. Do you have a suicide safety plan in place?
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Shortage of psychiatrists, funding issues create crisis in mental health care : Lifestyles

Shortage of psychiatrists, funding issues create crisis in mental health care : Lifestyles | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
More psychiatrists are not accepting any health insurance plans and most won't take Medicaid. For kids and teens, wait to see psychiatrist can be up to six months.
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Holistic help for chronic headache/migraine, Dr. Laura Koniver, MD (The Intuition Physician) - Cervicogenic Headache

Holistic help for chronic headache/migraine, Dr. Laura Koniver, MD (The Intuition Physician) - Cervicogenic Headache | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
http://www.IntuitionPhysician.com Dr. Laura Koniver, MD… The Intuition Physician… has a goal of decreasing your health anxiety! Anxiety over getting the … (New post: Holistic help for chronic headache/migraine, Dr.
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Migraine- How bad is it really??

Migraine- How bad is it really?? | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
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Migraine and Headaches triggers

Migraine and Headaches triggers | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
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The Four Stages of Migraine

The Four Stages of Migraine | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
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Tinnitus & migraine - Migraine.com

Tinnitus & migraine - Migraine.com | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

Some of the most challenging aspects of migraine have nothing to do with headache. One of those annoying symptoms is tinnitus. All that buzzing and whooshing can make it difficult to concentrate.... 

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Management of Pediatric Migraine Headache in the Emergency Room and Infusion Center - Kabbouche - 2015 - Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain - Wiley Online Library

Management of Pediatric Migraine Headache in the Emergency Room and Infusion Center - Kabbouche - 2015 - Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain - Wiley Online Library | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
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Innovative radiology treatment provides relief to chronic migraine sufferers

Innovative radiology treatment provides relief to chronic migraine sufferers | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

Researchers believe that they may have found something to help people who suffer from excruciating migraines. An innovative interventional radiology treatment has been found to offer chronic migraine sufferers sustained relief of their headaches.


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Mental Health Hackers | LinkedIn

Mental Health Hackers | LinkedIn | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

I just created a space for patients, caregivers, and professionals interested in MentalHealth. I hope for this group to become a space where people across the spectrum of Mental Health can find a well-meaning community to connect, discuss and collaborate with. Feel free to join in :)

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Limit imaging scans for headache? Neurosurgeons raise concerns - PsyPost

Limit imaging scans for headache? Neurosurgeons raise concerns - PsyPost | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it

Recent guidelines seeking to reduce the use of neuroimaging tests for patients with headaches run the risk of missing or delaying the diagnosis of brain tumor ...

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Meditation may mitigate migraine misery

Meditation may mitigate migraine misery | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study. "For the approximate 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, there is big need for non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, and doctors and patients should know that meditation is a safe intervention that could potentially decrease the impact of migraines," one author said.
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Why Spitting it out could Stop Headache Pain

Why Spitting it out could Stop Headache Pain | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Another study is encouraging headache sufferers to spit it out. Chewing gum, that is.The study published this month in Pediatric Neurology followed thirty children and adolescents who chewed gum and head headaches.
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Migraine With Aura Associated With Incomplete Circle of Willis

An incomplete Circle of Willis is associated with migraine with aura, according to a prospective observational study. The variants in the Circle of Willis—a ring of arteries in the brain—are also linked to alterations in cerebral blood flow, although the study did not identify relationships between cerebral blood flow and migraine.

“I think it’s an interesting new observation suggesting a different contributing mechanism to migraine,” lead author Brett L. Cucchiara, MD, associate professor of neurology and director of the Neurovascular Ultrasound Laboratory, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, told Pain Medicine News. “There have been some prior studies that have raised this possibility, but I think ours is one of the first—if not the first—high-quality prospective study that’s looked at this.”

The study (PLoS ONE 2013;8:e71007; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071007) included 170 enrollees: 56 had migraine with aura, 61 had migraine without aura, and 53 were headache-free controls. Magnetic resonance angiography was used to examine the Circle of Willis anatomy. Neuroradiologists who were blinded to the clinical data reviewed the magnetic resonance angiograms. Arterial spin labeled perfusion magnetic resonance imaging was used to assess cerebral blood flow. “The primary prespecified outcome measure was the proportion of subjects with an incomplete Circle of Willis in each group,” the authors wrote.

The researchers found that an incomplete Circle of Willis was significantly more common among individuals who had migraine with aura than among controls (73% vs. 51%; P=0.02). There was a similar trend among patients who had migraine without aura (67% vs. 51%; P=0.08). Participants with migraine with aura, although not those without aura, had a higher burden of Circle of Willis variants compared with controls (P=0.02). No significant difference in cerebral blood flow was found between groups, but hemispheric cerebral blood flow was more asymmetric in those whose Circle of Willis was incomplete than complete (median hemispheric asymmetry ratio, 0.017 vs. 0.013; P=0.05).

“We weren’t able to demonstrate that variation in the symmetry of blood flow was associated with migraine in our study, probably because the sample size was relatively small,” said Dr. Cucchiara. “But we did show that if you have variation in the Circle of Willis, you have these asymmetries in blood flow, and that if you have migraine, you’re more likely to have variation in the Circle of Willis.”

Dr. Cucchiara said the study had no immediate implications for treatment, but future, larger studies might discover them. “It probably is the case that some people with migraine have these variants that are contributing to migraine; some people with migraine don’t have these variants. … So, there may be differences in individuals with migraine as to what’s contributing to their actual headaches. And you could imagine a day when we could identify the various reasons why people get migraine, and then potentially select preventative therapies that are tailored to an individual’s underlying [headache] causes.”

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Caffeine as a risk factor for chronic daily headache

Caffeine as a risk factor for chronic daily headache | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Caffeine consumption appears to be a modest risk factor for chronic daily headache onset - http://t.co/fv3Oy1uFbt #migraine #headache
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Teen diagnosed w/ Basilar Migraine create new app

Teen diagnosed w/ Basilar Migraine create new app | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Zac Brown grew up a typical kid, but at the age of 17, things drastically changed. After a frightening accident this intrepid teen used his passion for computers and invented a new app that could help us all.
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Depression Risk Doubled in Migraine Sufferers

Depression Risk Doubled in Migraine Sufferers | The hidden illness: Migraine and Headache. Initiatives and news | Scoop.it
Depression is twice as likely in migraine sufferers, say researchers. Both depression and suicidal ideation are much higher among individuals with migraine, a new study found.
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Mental illness, migraine, and doctors’ attitudes.

Bipolar disorder and other psychiatric problems are 2-3 times more common in those who suffer from migraine headaches and migraines are 2-3 times more common in patients with mental illness. Those who suffer from migraines are very familiar with the attitude of doctors, family members and employers who consider migraine to be just another headache, meaning that it is not something that should stop you from doing any activities. Some doctors still blame migraine sufferers for their condition and think that this is a problem of neurotic women. People with mental illness face even more severe discrimination from doctors and everyone else. A very good article on this topic, “When Doctors Discriminate” has appeared in the New York Times this Sunday.

Dr. Robert Shapiro of the University of Vermont recently presented a study which looked at attitudes toward patients with migraine, epilepsy and other conditions. It was an internet-based survey of 705 individuals that examined the levels of stigma by asking following questions:
How comfortable would you be with Jane as a colleague at work?
How likely do you think it is that this would damage Jane’s career?
How comfortable would you be with the idea of inviting Jane to a dinner party?
How likely to you think it would be for Jane’s husband to leave her?
How likely do you think it would be for Jane to get in trouble with the law?

Scoring ranged from 0 to 100. The mean scores were very similar for migraine, panic disorder, and epilepsy and were all significantly greater than for asthma. He concluded that migraine carries as much stigma as epilepsy or panic disorder, although he noted limitations.

Another group of researchers from Philadelphia led by Dr. William Young interviewed 123 patients with episodic migraine, 123 with chronic migraine, and 62 with epilepsy for levels of stigma as perceived by these patients.

Chronic migraine patients had much higher scores on the Stigma Scale for Chronic Illness (SSCI) than the other two groups, but that seemed to be due to chronic migraine patients’ reduced ability to work.

Dr. Young reported that migraine patients reported more “internalized” stigma, that is negative attitudes in themselves or anticipation that others would think negatively of them, and less actual discrimination on the basis of their illness, compared with the epilepsy patients.

These studies and the New York Times article indicate a great need for educating both doctors and the general public about the nature of chronic migraines and mental diseases and for combating the stigma associated with these conditions.

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