How often have we wished for Migraine and cluster headache treatments without side effects?
Researchers in Germany have recently published results from a study that show one such possible "treatment" that works for some people with Migraines and clusters - sexual activity.
Yes, you read that right - sexual activity. Here are some highlights of the study:
43% of Migraine patients reported relief from sexual activity.
73.1% of cluster headache patients reported relief from sexual activity.
The study authors stated two clinical implications:
Sexual activity can abort Migraine and cluster headache attacks in some patients.
Sexual activity is used by some patients as acute headache treatment.
Obviously, this doesn't work for everyone, and there are times when Migraine and cluster attacks are so severe that sexual activity just isn't possible. Still, the study is interesting, and the results give us something to consider.
With all my holiday shopping for family completed, my thoughts turned to a gift for my extended Migraine and headache family.
With so many of you scattered across the United States and in other countries, sending each of you a personal gift just isn't possible, but I wanted to do something beyond words to show you that I'm thinking of you during this holiday season.
Finally, I decided to do what I did last year, make a donation to a nonprofit organization, a donation that would do something for all of us. Well, that's easier said than done because there are several organizations working hard to improve conditions for all of us living with Migraine disease and other headache disorders.
With the decision made that a donation was the way to go, the next decision was... Which organization. That one was just too tough for me. So, I made donations to (in alphabetical order):
If you still have holiday gifts to select, please consider making a donation in someone's name as a gift to them. I can tell you it's a gift I'd appreciate, and I have no doubt that many people with Migraine and other headache disorders would appreciate this type of gift too.
My most profound holiday wish for each and every one of you is that the new year bring you better treatments, more understanding from those around you, good health, and improved quality of life. I can wish that all I want, but as Carl Sandburg said, "Wishes won't wash dishes." So, I've made these donations as my holiday gift to you, hoping that their work helps that wish come true.
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