Some of your favourite posts from the past few years…

Since this is the traditional time of year to look back, we’re going to do just that. Many articles here from past years continue to be very popular. Here are a few of the top posts from past years, most popular first.

  1. Why You Should Ignore the “Daith Piercings for Migraine” Hype: One of the most controversial posts ever, this one led to some interesting conversations. I responded to some of the comments in Daith Piercings: A Case Study in Comments. Many people commented on their mostly positive experienced with daith piercings in Daith Piercing for Migraine: Resources and Updates, but we’re still waiting for formal trials.
  2. Aura Eye Symptoms – Have You Seen THIS?!: This very simple post about various types of visual aura in migraine is worth reading for the comments alone.
  3. 5 Signs You have Retinal Migraine: This post has consistently been a favourite, and has spawned various follow-up posts, including But my doctor says… (retinal migraine and dealing with different diagnosis) and the most recent Ocular Migraine Symptoms
  4. Nortriptyline for Chronic Pain: Another fairly simple post from the past that has resulted in (as I write) 76 comments, making the comments worth the read if you’re interested in nortriptyline treatment.
  5. Getting a Headache right after Drinking Alcohol?: Should you be concerned? Yes! This is a quick read for those concerned about these sudden headaches, which are not the same as hangover headaches.
  6. Get a Headache after Working Out?: Obviously a huge issue, as well over 100 comments will attest to. There’s an updated and simplified version of the information in this graphic: Exercise Headache: 9 Tips (Graphic).
  7. Migraine after Sun Exposure?: If you’re exercising outside, this could mean a double-whammy.
  8. : Various causes of bloodshot eyes related to migraine and headache.
  9. My Hair Hurts! Migraine and Allodynia: This post on a nasty migraine and cluster headache symptom has been visited thousands of times. It has actually been a regular topic of conversation here.
  10. Aneurysm and Headache: 9 Ways to Know if I’m in Danger: A question many of us ask at one time or another. Take the time to read this article carefully if you’re concerned.

Thanks so much for your involvement in our community! Let’s continue to fight back against headache disorders in 2018!

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Popular Headache and Migraine Articles of 2017

I hope that these posts were not only popular, but helpful to you! It’s time to look at the most popular posts from the past year. If you missed them, now’s the time to catch up.

  1. Candesartan for Migraine: Just a simple post about a medication that one of our HeadWay subscribers found to be helpful.
  2. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) for Migraine: This is basically an update on what we’ve known for a long time – that vitamin B2 is a key migraine treatment. There’s also an update on which supplement sources are the best.
  3. Do Polarized Lenses make you dizzy, or give you headaches?: It may appear to be a random topic, but since polarized lenses are so important for many people with migraine, it’s an excellent question. I would still love to hear more comments on this one.
  4. Migraines and Blue Light – Or Maybe Green Light…: There was actually a lot of talk in 2017 about light therapy for migraine. And why not? It’s an easy, relatively inexpensive treatment. But there are some interesting twists to the story.
  5. A Quick Update on Cefaly for Migraine: Don’t forget about Cefaly – it’s still helping a lot of people! And it’s now new & improved.
  6. Migraine and TMD: A Complex Relationship (that should not be ignored): Maybe you haven’t heard about TMD or TMJ for a while, but they’re still big issues that affect headache disorders.
  7. Yes, it matters which Magnesium supplement you use…: Yeah, it actually does. I learned from experience.
  8. Women, Migraine, and Stroke: This is another issue that isn’t going away any time soon. Here’s a look at some recent studies, and links to more resources to help you.
  9. Chemotherapy Headache: I wrote this for a friend who was dealing with that very thing. She’s a lot better now, but this post turned out to be one of the most popular of the year.
  10. Glutamate Levels Higher in People with Migraine: The last on the list may seem a little technical, but glutamate levels are one thing that links migraine patients to those with Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), and autism.

Later this week we’ll take a look at some of the most popular articles from past years. Meanwhile, have a healthy week!

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10 Headache and Migraine News Highlights from the past 3 Months (December 2017 edition)

Next week we’ll take a look at the most popular articles from the past year. But today let’s just take a look at what we’ve been talking about over the past three months.

So here are the most read posts, in order, starting with the most popular overall. Oh, and the three in bold captured the most “likes” on Facebook.

  1. Yawning and Migraine: New Insights: Many of us have found that yawning is a migraine warning sign. A new study looks at how yawning is related to other symptoms.
  2. CBD Oil for Migraine: Exploring one of your questions – what is CBD oil, and is there any evidence that it can fight migraine?
  3. Yes, Fibromyalgia and Migraine are Strongly Linked: More information comes to light on the connection.
  4. The “Migraine Barometer” is back…: In those rare times when it’s actually available, the migraine barometer is still helping people avoid weather-related attacks.
  5. Lipoic Acid for Migraine: A supplement that some doctors are recommending for migraine patients. Here’s the low-down.
  6. So – Should I Exercise Less?: As you can probably guess, the answer isn’t quite that simple, according to a recent study.
  7. More on Migraine, Flying, and Current Research: What in the world is that headache I get when I fly?
  8. Light Therapy: Not Just for Migraine: An inexpensive treatment you might be using in your home one day soon.
  9. Ocular Migraine Symptoms: Here’s how to get a clearer idea of what type of migraine you actually have – and if you might be in danger.
  10. Making Invisible Migraine Visible: What if, instead of just relying on your doctor’s opinion, you could be tested for migraine?
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A Toolkit for Talking about Migraine

Many of us are getting together with friends and family over the next couple of weeks. We might be talking to people that we don’t often talk to. Will the topic of headache or migraine come up?

It can be a sensitive topic. Maybe because it’s come up before, and it hasn’t been a good conversation. Or maybe it’s never come up at all, and you don’t want to mention it.

ConversationMaybe this year it should come up. Or maybe you should further the conversation. Headache disorders are a huge issue in our world, and so they should not be ignored.

Here are a few resources that might help you have a conversation. It could be sharing an article online, having a book on your coffee table, or printing something out to show a friend.

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Discuss: The Challenge of Long Distance Doctor Visits

A recent poll here at Headache and Migraine News highlights a challenge that we don’t often talk about. It’s this – we often have to travel, sometimes quite a distance, to see a doctor or specialist.

Boy with mapAs nice as it would be to live in a big city with excellent migraine or headache specialists, that is not the reality for many. In fact, everyone who took our poll has had to travel at least to another town or city in order for treatment or consultation.

A little less than half at least didn’t have to travel too far – a nearby town or city was the farthest they had gone.

But 52% travelled farther. 40% travelled out of their home state or province. 12% travelled out of the country – with half of those actually going to another hemisphere!

Some people would benefit greatly from travelling to see another specialist, but they simply can’t afford the expense. Many headache disorders are complex, requiring multiple visits to the specialist just to get a good handle on a proper diagnosis.

Not only is there the cost, there’s the time. And the fact that travel can end up triggering symptoms, making travel a very painful option to someone already suffering from a lot of pain.

What can be done about this problem? Thankfully, there is more information and education available than ever before. Doctors have the opportunity to get more good information and training, so that more doctors with more knowledge are available. Plus, patients are learning to become savvy investigators themselves.

Also, with video conferencing and cheap phone calls, and apps and computerized data sharing, it’s becoming more possible for specialists to help patients from a distance.

If you’re travelling to see a specialist, one of the first things you should do is see what options are available for follow up. Your doctor may be willing to help you from a distance at least part of the time.

If you have felt the need to travel a fair distance to see a doctor for a headache condition, how have you minimized the problems? Share your ideas with us!

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