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I’m kind of a big deal on the migraine clinical trial circuit. Researchers love me, if only for the prodigious number of migraines I get: 10 to 12 a month on average.
“This is fantastic,” the coordinator of my latest drug trial said when I showed him the headache diary I’ve been dutifully keeping for years. “This is great data.”
“Great for you,” I said. For me, it represents roughly a third of my life spent in the grip of migraines, including three or so days a month when I am bedridden with crippling pain and intense nausea.
I’ve tried more than a dozen existing migraine prevention medications and participated in a number of clinical trials for new ones. None…
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Options to prevent and treat the severe headaches are becoming available
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Ever heard the phrase “not again” escape the lips of a poor soul dealing with the early stages of migraine? Nobody actually enjoys these initial symptoms, but learning how to recognize them can be quite helpful when it comes to preparing for what comes next.
Migraine is an invisible illness that can hold a tremendous amount of power over those who live with it, and it’s more common than you may think.
The FDA's approval shows we're getting closer to understanding these headaches.
There is no typical migraine—nor is there a typical migraine patient.
There aren’t many ailments that have maintained so clear a course over so many centuries. And what’s more, looking at the history of migraines reveals that the ailment was actually taken more seriously in the past, something we can learn a lot from today.
For migraine sufferers, picking the right medication can be a real headache.
The most effective drugs so far arrived in the early 1990s. These medications, known as triptans, include Imitrex, my current drug of choice. While they have brought temporary relief, they have not prevented or reduced the overall number of headaches.
Now we may have true cause for hope.
A migraine is among the most debilitating conditions in medicine—a blinding, throbbing pain that typically lasts between four and 72 hours. There is no cure. Yet, a few hours or days before the dreaded headache sets in, subtle symptoms emerge...
Everyone gets a headache now and then, but migraine headaches are characterized by recurring attacks of moderate to severe headache pain. Often called migraines, these headaches are a common neurologic condition that can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life.
Migraine headaches are like a lottery when it comes to pregnancy. If you are prone to getting migraines, you may experience stronger headaches, or you may find that they diminish.
Many adults who have a lifelong problem with migraines first experience them in childhood or adolescence. Migraine headaches occur in 15% to 18% of children, and the prevalence peaks between the ages of 11 and 13.
These figures are similar in adults. The worst 10% of adult sufferers account for 85% of the overall time lost to headaches. This suggests that if you don’t get effectively treated or grow out of your adolescent migraines, they may get progressively worse.
For me, migraines are not abstractions. I am one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from them. Migraines have sent me to the emergency room, and they have locked me in seclusion, unable to think straight and plagued with nausea. Seemingly intolerable sounds, smells, and activities of life outside my room are second to the pain. It is a raw, relentless pain that makes you want to disappear or beat your head. It makes you wonder how long it will go on—and how long until it returns.
New insight into the chemical mechanism involved in migraine pain has led to new medicines, now in late stages of development
The cause of migraine headaches has eluded scientists for centuries. Now a theory blaming one nerve has led to drugs that prevent attacks.
The term "migraine" usually brings to mind a severe type of headache. But visual disturbances with or without headache pain also can accompany migraine processes thought to be related to changes in blood flow in the brain.
Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men and 50% are more likely to be misdiagnosed. Cindy McCain decided to open up about her migraines because of the stigma attached to them, especially for women.
Female migraineurs may need different treatments than male sufferers.
Researchers found that women who have migraines were at greater risk of having a heart attack and angina (chest pain), and of needing to undergo heart-related procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting, compared with women who did not get the severe headaches...
Almost 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, severe, recurring headaches that may occur along with symptoms of nausea, light sensitivity or weakness. Women are three times more likely than men to have this type of headache, and treatment for migraines varies widely — from traditional pain medications to preventatives to alternative remedies and exercise. Here, five men and women speak about the ups and downs of living with migraines.
Dr Peter Goadsby’s pioneering work has changed our understanding of migraines. Eva Wiseman, who has endured them since she was a child, hears how he found his way to the source of the pain – and what can be done about it
“One thing I would say that's good about this,” Dr. Loder says of Cove. “Is that people are paying attention to migraines, and they clearly are starting to realize how many people have it.”
Migraines are not just headaches. It is diagnosed in patients only if they have had a minimum of five attacks, each lasting four to 72 hours. Each attack has to include at least two of the following symptoms: throbbing headache with pain that is moderate to severe, that worsens with activity, and is only on only one side of the head. Also, a person suffering a migraine attack is nauseated or abhors sound or noise.
Migraine is a disease with significant unmet medical need. Notably, the World Health Organization selected migraine as a condition which should be prioritized for development of more effective treatments. While several classes of migraine treatments are available for many patients - both over-the-counter and by prescription – their effectiveness is limited.
The newly approved medication Aimovig is largely designed as an antibody against CGRP itself and involves once-a-month injections under the skin using self-injectors with a hidden needle. Like any injectable medication, it can cause skin reaction. In clinical trials, that occurred in only 5 to 6 percent of participants.
New guidelines for therapies for children and adolescents can reduce or eliminate attacks of migraine and greatly shorten their duration.
A new, medication-free option in development from Nocira may offer relief from migraines in an amazingly simple, yet effective way: a puff of air.
“Ocular migraine” can be a confusing term to understand. Here's what to know.
With a prospective cure in sight, I’m suddenly wondering who I’d be without my headaches.
MAGNUM, The National Migraine Association, welcomes you to our site. Magnum's Web site is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Web site about Migraine disease available on the Internet. Here we focus on the serious nature of Migraine, as well as headache and head-pain issues.
The endless quest to find a migraine free day, when you have additional health issues such as asthma and FMS. Share my pain or learn a bit about chronic migraines.
Thoughts and information about the latest news in the world of migraine, cluster headache and other headache treatment around the world.
The mission of the Migraine Research Foundation is to end the debilitating pain of migraine by raising money to fund promising research into its causes and treatment. Migraine is a serious illness that affects more than 30 million Americans '' including 10% of children and a disproportionate number of women '' and ranks in the top 20 of the world's most disabling medical illnesses. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine.
At Migraine.com we empower patients and caregivers to take control of migraine disease by providing a platform to learn, educate, and connect with peers and healthcare professionals.
The weekly podcast providing information and support about Migraine disease and related issues.
The Daily Migraine is a place for the chronic migraine community to find help, healing, and hope.
It''s been awhile since I've had the strength to write here. While I''m striving to stay away from self-pity, I can''t shake my profound feelings of grief and frustration.
Bookshop owner & migraineur Janet "The Migraine Girl" Geddis moved around a bit in her early 20s before deciding to make Athens, Georgia her home.
We're on a mission to promote research into migraine and reduce its burden on sufferers so that one day there will be a cure
If you’re only treating migraine after it starts, you may want to think about a preventive treatment. Emgality can cut monthly migraine days in half.
Migralex, Inc. was founded by Dr. Alexander Mauskop specifically to market headache therapies he developed and found effective in treating his patients at the New York Headache Center. The products created and marketed by Migralex, Inc. are backed by scientific research and clinical experience and have been proven to be both safe and effective for the treatment and prevention of headaches.
The pain of a migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. It is often accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men.
Headache Australia is the only organization in Australia that aims to support the more than 5 million Australians affected by headache and migraine. Headache Australia is a division of the Brain Foundation.
While most of the book is still current, advances in Migraine research have rendered some sections out-of-date. Here, you will find links to online articles I’ve written that have the most current information on those topics. One advantage to online content is that it can be updated whenever new information becomes available.
Migraine-specific abortive medications usually are necessary for moderate to severe migraine headaches. The abortive medications for moderate or severe migraine headaches are different than OTC analgesics.
Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. Some people can tell when they are about to have a migraine because they see flashing lights or zigzag lines or they temporarily lose their vision.