Anti-Migraine New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s is my favorite holiday. I love the hope it brings. It is a time to assess what we want out of life and take ownership of what we can control or change on our route to accomplishing our best life. Then we write it all down. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a New Year’s resolution as, “a promise to do something different in the New Year”.  For most of us, our biggest goal is fewer migraines or more up-time and less downtime due to our illness. If you gave up on this notion long ago, I know how you feel. I’ve been there.

Migraine Gift Guide

With more than 39 million people living with migraine in the US alone, the odds of you having a person with migraine on your holiday shopping list are pretty high. While many people ask for a new sweater or the latest electronic, a migraine patient's wish list may look a little different as they seek gifts that are functional or provide comfort.

We've asked people with migraine what gifts they'd love to receive this holiday, plus the gifts you should avoid at all costs. Here's what they said:

Thoughts on the ER

As a migraine patient, I feel let down by the ER

Before I dive into my personal frustrations, I want to say that I have utmost respect and appreciation for ER doctors, nurses and staff. It is not an easy job. It’s stressful, demanding and incredibly necessary. I genuinely feel appreciative that we have people in the world who are willing to dedicate their careers to helping others in this way.

Medical Marijuana and Migraine

As I stared at the film-like canisters on my bed, I could practically feel his eyes on me. I glanced over at the teddy bear in the black shirt on my bookshelf. Scrawled in white script across the front of his t-shirt was the acronym “D.A.R.E.” I sighed. Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I had received the bear as well as a certificate after my essay about how and why I would never use drugs, particularly marijuana, won a school-wide contest at the end of our D.A.R.E. unit. I remember being 12 years old and so proud when the police officer called my name.

Holiday Migraine Avoidance Tips

Since CGRP Antibodies cannot be found in anyone's formulary yet, we'll have to abide by the time honored trigger avoidance strategies during this holiday season.  Most agree the holiday season is meant to be a exceptionally joyful time of year. But a migraine can ruin the fun and celebration, and suck out the "joy"  for sure. Following are tips on how to avoid getting a migraine during the holiday season.

Stress, Again

Intermittent FMLA: Protection for the Employed Chronic Migraine Sufferer

The subject of this month's newsletter began with a conversation between myself and a Human Resources Specialist around coping with an employee's pneumonia, her chronic absences, and whether or not to place her on Intermittent FMLA.  During this conversation the HR Specialist likened someone with migraine, having to take large amounts of time off, to our present case of extraordinary pneumonia absences.  It occurred to me that this legal right - Intermittent FMLA - may not be well understood in the migraine community.

Stigma, Revisited 2017

Holiday Migraine Prevention Strategy

Migraines: The Individual Financial Toll

Healthcare is expensive. We all know this. Even under the best of circumstances, a generally healthy person, can dedicate a large portion of income in service of insurance premiums, deductibles, co-insurance, co-pays, and medications to name a few “usual ” expenses. The stakes, and expenses, get much higher when you introduce a chronic disabling illness, like migraine.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex and Migraines (But Were Afraid to Ask!)

36 Million Migraineurs in the US alone may think they have a built in reason for avoiding sexual relations, but it’s not always a headache. A study from the University of Munster in Germany, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23430983 with a large sample (about 400 people ) uncovered some interesting results. They surveyed both migraineurs and those that suffered cluster headaches.

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