It’s easy to mistake migraine with aura for stroke, especially when you don’t get migraine attacks regularly. When someone is having a stroke, time is of the essence. If it’s an ischemic stroke — the most common kind, which is caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain — you need a drug […]
These new medications are pricey, and insurers aren’t eager to cover them. New guidelines on which migraine patients need CGRPs most could help with access. If you frequently suffer from debilitating migraine attacks, you may already have a prescription for more than one type of medication: a pain-relieving drug to be taken when the pain […]
By now, just about every migraine patient has heard about Aimovig® (erenumab), the first FDA approved treatment for the prevention of migraine in episodic and chronic patients. The news was announced on May 17, 2018 and I’m sure there was a resounding cheer from migraine patients all across the country. Aimovig® is a member of […]
It feels like migraine patients have been given remedies, cures and suggestions that will help them since the beginning of time. Most of the time these “tips” are things we have already tried, or simply old wives’ tales passed down from someone’s uncle’s cousin’s great-grandmother. I asked my closest migraine friends and advocates to share […]
The absolute number one thing we wish the world knew about migraine is that it is NOT a headache. Headache is one of several disabling symptoms of migraine, which is a serious and debilitating neurological disease affecting over almost 40 million men, women and children in the United States and over 1 billion worldwide.1 […]
The causes of migraines are little understood, although genetics and environmental factors play a role, according to the Mayo Clinic. “Migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly experience signs and symptoms of migraine attacks, keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your doctor to […]
What if life is your migraine trigger? Managing triggers is important. It is also important to understand that sometimes we can’t.
Chronic migraines (CM), whose external imperceptibility can lead to stigmatization, are characterized by headaches at least 15 days each month. That means “people with chronic migraine have a migraine or headache more often than not,” notes the nonprofit American Migraine Foundation. Studies have demonstrated that migraine patients have lower quality of life and professional […]
A study by 12 researchers at five Chinese institutions, published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that real acupuncture outperforms sham acupuncture in mitigating migraines without aura. Over the course of 16 weeks, the nearly 250 participants were split into three groups. Some underwent real acupuncture; others were administered fake acupuncture (which pierced parts […]
According to a recent study, within 30 days of undergoing surgery, those who suffer from migraines are likelier that those who do not to be readmitted to the hospital and are at increased risk of stroke.