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Education: Resources Addressing Migraine Disease

Knowledge is our best tool to be an effective part of our own healthcare team. We live with these imperfect bodies, and have valuable information to impart to the rest of the team. Educating ourselves about our headaches and Migraine disease makes that information more understandable and valuable. These resources will help you learn and, hopefully, leave you wanting to learn more.


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CNN Headline News Prime News Tonight Interview Transcript, Erica Hill Interviews Teri Robert
Transcript of a CNN Headline News Prime News Tonight broadcast with writer and patient advocate Teri Robert.
What Is
Imagine: You're hallucinating, and you know it. Time is messed up. First it seems slowed, then it seems to be speeding up. Even more noticeably, when you look at your body, it seems to be morphing. You're getting smaller. Minutes later, you're growing larger and larger. That's a description of "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome.
What Is Abdominal Migraine?
Abdominal Migraine is a form of Migraine seen mainly in children. It's most common in children ages five- to nine-years-old, but can occur in adults as well. Abdominal Migraine consists primarily of abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Let's take a look at abdominal Migraine.
PFO: A hole in the heart affecting Migraine?
A major topic of discussion today is that of PFO, 'the hole in the heart' that may contribute to Migraines. Migraineurs are asking their doctors to test them for PFO. Many with PFO want to have it repaired . However, the closure procedure is not being performed on the basis of Migraine disease because it has not yet been proven effective. Trials are underway for more study of PFO and Migraine.
National Headache Awareness Week 2005: Stop Migraines Before They Stop You
The National Headache Foundation (NHF) has declared June 5-11, 2005, as National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW) in an effort to educate the public about the impact and severity of Migraine disease, and support America's 32 million Migraine sufferers. This year’s theme is "Stop Migraines Before They Stop You."
Quiz: Do you know the truth about Migraine? from About Headaches and Migraine
Do you know the truth about Migraine? Take this short quiz to see if you know the truth about Migraine disease or if you still believe the common misconceptions.
National Menstrual Migraine Coalition Formed
The National Headache Foundation (NHF) has announced the formation of the National Menstrual Migraine Coalition to raise awareness of a distinct, but little known Migraine condition, estimated to affect nearly 13 million women in the U.S. Menstrual Migraines are often severe, long-duration Migraines that have a higher probability of recurrence than other Migraines.
Migraine and Stroke Risk: The Study Results
Migraine and Stroke Risk: The Study Results. Researchers correlated the results of 14 studies on Migraine and stroke, concluding that the risk of stroke is doubled in Migraineurs and multiplied by eight when Migraineurs take the pill.
What Is Basilar-Type Migraine?
You've probably heard or seen this type of Migraine called Basilar Artery Migraine (BAM). Basilar-Type Migraine is a Migraine that has aura symptoms originating from the brainstem and/or affecting both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, but no motor weakness. It's frightening, caution is needed in diagnosis and medications, but it's not as dangerous as frightening.
What Is Hemiplegic Migraine?
To understand Hemiplegic Migraine, we have to understand that Migraine attacks are episodic manifestations of a genetic neurological disease. Migraine can present in a variety of ways. Hemiplegic Migraine is a rare form of Migraine disease, made more confusing by there being two variations: Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) and Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine (SHM).
Aetna Introduces Migraine Education Program
Aetna has introduced a Migraine management program to educate patients and ask patients and doctors to work together for better Migraine management. There is some doubt that this is an appropriate role for an insurance company. Is there a conflict of interest or will the program prove to be successful?
Anatomy of a Migraine
A Migraine actually consists of four phases or components that can begin up to two days before the actual headache. This article explores the WHOLE Migraine.
Unusually Excitable Brain Nerve Cells at Root of Migraine
It turns out that the dilation of blood vessles formerly thought to cause Migraine is another SYMPTOM. The CAUSE is neurons firing across the brain.
Standardized Guidelines for Treatment of Migraine
From the U.S. Headache Consortium, excellent, standardized guidelines for the treatment of Migraine.
Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease?
A study and JAMA article, "Migraine as a Risk Factor for Subclinical Brain Lesions," examine the connection between Migraine disease, brain lesions, cerebral infarction (stroke), and the frequency of Migraine attacks. This is information every Migraineur should take seriously, and keep Migraine prevention and early attack abortion seriously.
Head Pain: NOT To Be Ignored!
"Better safe than sorry," could never be more true. More people died from Migrainous Stroke last year than were murdered by handguns. Don't take chances!
Beyond the Pain of Migraine
Researchers have established a neurological link between Migraine and depression. No, Virginia, you're not losing it.
Migraines, Not Really"Headaches"
When people who don't have Migraines don't understand, it can be a problem. Let's start by realizing that Migraines really aren't headaches.
Triptans: Overview and Profiles
In 1992, the FDA approved the first of a class of medications that many Migraineurs call "miracle drugs." That drug was sumatriptan (Imitrex®, Imigran®), the first triptan. Here are both general information on triptans and detailed profiles of each.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Information
Pseudotumor cerebir, aka ideopathic intracranial hypertension is a condition in which the body produces too much cerebrospinal fluid, resulting in elevated cerebrospinal fluid pressure. This can be a trigger for Migriane attacks and other head pain.
Migraine - What IS It?
Migraine is actually a genetically-based disease. A headache is only a symptom of that disease.
Migraines: Myth Vs. Reality
MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association dispels "A Migraine is just a bad headache," and other myths.
The Migraine Aura
The Migraine Aura: What it is and how it manifests.
Migraine Prevention: Guide to Latest Methods and Treatments
The NHF's educational module will help you better understand migraine prevention. You'll learn when preventive therapy is appropriate, and you can read about various preventive treatments and what you can reasonably expect from them.
Pain, Including Headache and Migraine
Pain.com offers quality, informative articles from good sources. Many of their articles on headache and Migraine are by well known specialists in the field.
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