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.
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.”
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.
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.”
This Time magazine article focuses on a new study of a lidocaine treatment used for chronic migraine sufferers that can offer prolonged relief.
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.
Because stronger opiods are always the answer, there’s a new one coming. It’s called Zohydro, and it’s super-dooper-ooper addictive.
This study was surprising; some standard migraine drugs were rated as less helpful, while others (combination medications) rose to the top of the list.
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,
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.