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  • Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says

    MedicineNet Headache Specialty
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/28/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Rheumatologic diseases like lupus can initially look like neurological disorders

    Headache Research News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Lupus and other rheumatologic diseases can initially present as neurological disorders such as headaches and seizures, and thus delay diagnosis for many months, experts say. Moreover, treatments for rheumatologic disorders can cause adverse neurological effects. Rheumatologic diseases include autoimmune and inflammatory disorders of the joints and soft tissues, such as lupus, systemic vasculitis and ankylosing spondylosis.
  • Seeking out skin creams that contain toxic mercury

    Headache / Migraine News From Medical News Today
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As countries try to rid themselves of toxic mercury pollution, some people are slathering and even injecting creams containing the metal onto or under their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and...
  • What's your workout: Brittany Vasquez

    Migraine Headache News
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    I had reached an all-time high weight, had very low energy, got migraine headaches and caught colds frequently.
  • 10 Highlights from the past 3 Months (August 2014 edition)

    Headache and Migraine News
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    What have other people been reading over the past three months?  It’s time to catch up – here are the most popular posts, with the most popular of all coming first.  Join the conversation! Neck Pain: A Missing Piece of the Migraine Puzzle? Will Botox Work for You? A New Clue in Your Blood… Will new Migraine Med fight Obesity and Diabetes? Are Migraine Patients “Visually Impaired”? Cluster Headache: Seasons and Temperatures Hemicrania Continua: Is Melatonin an Alternative to Indomethacin? Getting a Headache right after Drinking Alcohol? Topamax not working?
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    Headache and Migraine News

  • 10 Highlights from the past 3 Months (August 2014 edition)

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    What have other people been reading over the past three months?  It’s time to catch up – here are the most popular posts, with the most popular of all coming first.  Join the conversation! Neck Pain: A Missing Piece of the Migraine Puzzle? Will Botox Work for You? A New Clue in Your Blood… Will new Migraine Med fight Obesity and Diabetes? Are Migraine Patients “Visually Impaired”? Cluster Headache: Seasons and Temperatures Hemicrania Continua: Is Melatonin an Alternative to Indomethacin? Getting a Headache right after Drinking Alcohol? Topamax not working?
  • Complex Confusional Migraines

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Sometimes it might feel like a migraine diagnosis just makes things – well, more complex and confusing!  That certainly can be the case if you have been diagnosed with complex confusional migraine.  So let’s try to clear things up a little bit. First, we do need to insert a note of caution.  Sometimes doctors will use migraine terminology that is outdated or just very unspecific.  For example, the term “complex migraine” can simply mean that the migraine attacks are not what the doctor is familiar with, or that there are other symptoms that suggest…
  • Topamax not working? Here’s a Possible Alternative

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Although Topamax (topiramate) has helped many patients, it is by no means the silver bullet to stop migraine.  It’s popularity has also been hampered by the side effects that some patients experience. Of course there are many good alternatives to Topamax, but researchers are looking for something similar that will work for patients that are good candidates for something like topiramate, but who do not respond well to topiramate itself. A study published in July (2014) investigated a drug called zonisamide as an alternative to topiramate.  In this case, patients with episodic…
  • Vasculitis: When Your Body Attacks Your Blood Cells

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    There have been some reports of patients who appear to have migraine, but who are later diagnosed with some type of vasculitis* (also known as angiitis or arteritis). MedlinePlus describes vasculitis this way: Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels.  It happens when the body’s immune system attacks the blood vessel by mistake.  It can happen because of an infection, a medicine, or another disease.  The cause is often unknown. It can be very difficult to diagnose, because it’s so rare.  The symptoms can also be varied and sometimes very severe.
  • Using Migraine as an Excuse

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re like me, you may have experienced a migraine attack that left you unable to stand, unable to drink water without throwing up – and attack that has left you writhing on the floor.  If you are half as sick as this, there’s little doubt that a migraine attack is a VERY good reason to not go to work. But today we’re not talking about someone with migraine, but someone who doesn’t have migraine at all – but they still use the “I have a migraine” excuse. The reality is that most of the migraine patients I know will push themselves…
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    Fly With Hope

  • And Into the Light

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The United Nations observes World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th every year. And September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the U.S. which is ironic as it is the month George attempted.30 days before attemptThis year, George and I are going to walk (and roll as my stamina is low) as a part of the Chicago Out of the Darkness Walk in Grant Park on September 20th. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) who puts on these walks describes the purpose for the walks:"Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives each year in the United States alone, with…
  • Do You Struggle With Two Brain Syndrome?

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Yes, I have two brains and I imagine so do most people with chronic illness. I call it Two Brain Syndrome. One brain knows the truth of the current severity of my chronic illnesses, understands my limitations and respects what I need to do to take care of myself. My other brain is left over from my other body, the one before chronic illness. See, this brain thinks she can still do the things she used to be able to do with ease over nine years ago.Brain One says:You are running back and forth to the toilet because little dudes inside your bowels have sounded the alarm to evacuate! Your abdomen…
  • Ever Wonder About My Chronic Illnesses? In Depth Posts To Come

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Quite a bit of time has passed since I have shared an in depth discussion of my chronic illnesses. Interspersed among my regular posts, I will be sharing special posts on each chronic illness that affects me: explaining what the illness is (i.e. what caused it); sharing my history with the illness; describing how the illness affects me currently; discussing how the illness does or does not relate to others I have; discuss what treatments I have tried; share a general description of my current treatment regimen.My hope is that these posts will remind others who have these conditions that they…
  • My Dad's Gift of Himself

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Our doorbell is unplugged and from my bed, I heard a pounding knock on the door. Sick and in clothing not appropriate for strangers, I zipped my oversized Star Trek hoodie on as fast as I could and saw a FedEx truck outside. I opened the door quickly apologizing for the wait because I was sick and he said, "I'm sorry. But it is from Germany. I couldn't leave it." I signed my name.I closed the door and clutched the package to my chest. I knew what it was. I leaned my back against the door and wept. I felt incredibly loved and thought: this is my dad--he has an incredible capacity to love and…
  • I Won't Give Up - Dance

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Our first dance at our wedding was to a song from Jim Brickman's "The Disney Songbook" featuring Wayne Brady called "Beautiful." Our second first dance, we danced a round dance which is what George grew up dancing in addition to square dancing. A round dance is a cued and choreographed ballroom dance. George's mom gave to us the gift of a choreographed round dance which she cued live at our wedding. Our round dance to the grammy winning song, "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray is something that we still waltz around the house signing and dancing to. Most certainly, dancing is a natural…
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  • Conversations (18)

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Which leg did you put through your pant leg when you put on pants this morning?” I hear my mom asks. I pull out the headphone and look at her. “Neither,” I reply and look down at my pajama shorts from the night before. “Which do you usually?” she presses. I look at the book in her hand. Squinting, I look at the title. “Home Health Remedies and Superstitions for Pennsylvania German People?” I ask, reading it aloud. My mom pulls her glasses down from her head, “It says here, ‘if you would prevent headache, or toothache,” she looks up to see if I’m reading. I roll my…
  • 6 Ways to Relieve a Migraine Naturally

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    There are tons of things that can trigger a migraine. Anything from certain foods, additives, alcoho
  • The Weight Loss Challenge: My Journey from 275lbs to 200lbs

    Michael Fernandez
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Hey folks yesterday I told you I’d be realizing a monumental goal of mine today and I sure am starti
  • Changes Need to Take Place

    Michael Fernandez
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I don’t know how much time I have To continue my chronic illness advocacy So in the meantime what wi
  • Ribbon Awareness Days-Blue, Purple, Red, Teal

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I decided to split up my ribbon awareness days into multiple posts because if I had put all the colors into one post, it would’ve taken an hour just to scroll to the bottom, forget reading it. So in order to actually be useful to someone (and because I love even numbers), I’m splitting up all the colors into posts of four until completion. How many that is, I have no idea. Have fun! P.S. I would like to point out that the causes for each colored ribbon are ordered in no particular way. The first cause that pops to mind/I find is the first one I list. Blue Ribbon Cause #1:  Mouth…
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  • My Internal Dialogue During an 8-Day Migraine Attack

    <a href="http://migraine.com/members/katie-golden-migraine/" title="Katie Golden">Katie Golden</a>
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Day One I actually thought I was doing well today. I went running down to Woodley Park and back, 2.4 miles. I lied down after showering to rest before meeting friends for... READ MORE
  • 10 Tips to Quiet Your Mind for Sleep

    Kerrie Smyres
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Does your mind start chattering loudly as soon as you get into bed? Thoughts of what happened in the day, what you need to get done tomorrow, that comment you made that... READ MORE
  • Migraine hacks I wish for: Psychic Earplugs

    The Migraine Girl
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    I’m back for another installment of my new Migraine Hacks I Wish For Series. File this under Impossible Inventions or Things I Wish Existed. As someone who has dealt with migraine for... READ MORE
  • Hot Wings for Headache

    <a href="http://migraine.com/members/tammy-lrome/" title="Tammy L Rome">Tammy L Rome</a>
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    By now you are familiar with the ALS “ice bucket” fundraising and awareness campaign. People have been posting videos of themselves accepting the challenge, sharing facts about ALS, and then challenging others... READ MORE
  • How Open is your Doctor to Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

    <a href="http://migraine.com/members/katie-golden-migraine/" title="Katie Golden">Katie Golden</a>
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (or CAM) is widely used by patients, but often left undiscussed with their traditional doctors. According to one study, 82% of headache sufferers use some type of alternative... READ MORE
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    Chronic Migraine Awareness Blog

  • Why Chronic Migraines Are Scarier Than Dating Taylor Swift

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Finding relief from chronic migraine pain is frightfully comparable to Taylor Swift’s serial dating. There’s hope that perhaps you’ve found the right fit. There’s fear that maybe the one you’ve chosen isn’t actually “the one”.
  • Homeopathic Migraine Relief - Does it work?

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The verdict is still out but studies are churning up promising results for homeopathic migraine relief and this alternative school of thought has many migraineurs eager to learn more.
  • 15 Quick Tips for Migraine Relief Part 2

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Welcome back to part two of our "Quick Tips for Migraine Relief" segment. If you have not read part one, you can find it here. Without further ado, here are the next seven tips for your migraine relief needs. 
  • 15 Quick Tips for Migraine Relief Part 1

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Anyone whose ever had a migraine knows relief couldn’t come fast enough! Pain can surface suddenly and in some cases, can increase to a level that leaves sufferers incapable of getting out of bed.
  • Can CoQ10 Be Used for Migraine Relief?

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The path to chronic migraine relief can be a long and trifling one, embedded with forks in the road, dead ends and detours. Because everyone responds to treatment differently, there’s no telling what will work for you and what won’t.
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