Dear Migraine Link Roundup,

I thought I’d try to do a weekly link roundup with a theme. Migraines are making the timing of this a little loosey-goosey; however, it is appropriate that this week’s theme is migraine news. There’s some important stuff going on, so I’ve put it in a handy-dandy list with summations for your viewing pleasure.

There’s so much about this chart that makes me want to say, “Duh.”

 

Newest Theory on the Why of Migraines

Nordic scientists say it’s not about blood vessels anymore:

“Contrary to what has previously been believed, we found that the arteries on the outside of the skull did not expand during migraine attacks,” says Amin.

“Arteries inside the skull were only slightly expanded on the side where the headache was felt, compared to the other side where no pain was felt.”

Updated Assessment of Medications to Treat Acute Migraine 

An updated assessment of the best treatments to use when a migraine attack occurs was recently published, forming the basis of the new American Headache Society treatment guidelines.

Neurology Then and Now: How our understanding of five common neurologic conditions has changed in 30 years. From Neurology Now, December/January, 2014. Volume 10(6), p 32–35

In a small section, the author looks at how migraines have been treated over the past 30 years. Once treated simply as a pain disorder to our current understanding of the “sensitive brain,” and genetic testing, she explains that migraine treatment is now focused on treating a “constellation of diseases.”

New Treatment for Migraines

This Time magazine article focuses on a new study of a lidocaine treatment used for chronic migraine sufferers that can offer prolonged relief.

10 Secrets of Successful Chronic Migraineurs 

The secret to surviving with chronic, debilitating migraines is to accept that the life you had is gone, and to build a new life. Impossible? No, but hard, yes. Check out the other secrets to finding a happy life with chronic, daily migraines.

New Painkiller is Coming

 Because stronger opiods are always the answer, there’s a new one coming. It’s called Zohydro, and it’s super-dooper-ooper addictive.

New Study Rates Migraine Medications

This study was surprising; some standard migraine drugs were rated as less helpful, while others (combination medications) rose to the top of the list.

NPR’s KERA Think Show: Paying Mind to Mental Health podcast 

Lots of migraineurs suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. This podcast focuses on how we think about mental illness and how we can better help those who have mental illness.

And now you all have my linkety love,

Payne.

P.S. If you want to talk about anything up there that interests you, or if you don’t want to read the whole thing but want to ask me questions, make a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.

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One thought on “Dear Migraine Link Roundup,

  1. Great info, and saves me from having to put almost the same thing today. Our Neuro has expressed the importance of having “supportive” care specifically because of the Chronic illness tag. That opens a whole new bag of worms.. The weirdos in that category or endless. The one person that seemed okay to provide “coping” skills for a teen with Chronic illness, Turned into a whack job as soon as she had the teen alone. There needs to be a different category for that.

    But for the other supportive or up and coming meds.

    I’m excited about this one.. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/843685?nlid=80088_2055&src=wnl_edit_medn_neur&uac=54196MX&spon=26
    Topical Nsaids. Seems like a better, longer lasting option than the Cefaly Device.

    Regarding the Cefaly Device.. I know this is recently on the market.. and May have the FDA label.. But.. Not sure about electocuting my brain.. not to mention.. not covered by insurance.. and $300-$350 seems like a lot to shell out for “might” help. But.. would rather not take more pills.. pros v cons.. Ugh.

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