Let's Talk Migraine - Migraine Cures

Lets-Talk2As much as we wish there were, there is NO CURE for Migraine disease as this time. That's a simple, but difficult, fact.

Last month, I wrote about Tweets and eBooks in Let's Talk Migraine - Useless Tweets and eBooks. As I continue watching Tweets with the hashtag #migraine, I'm seeing another disturbing trend — Tweets that

  • promise to stop Migraine pain forever,
  • tout sure-fire remedies for multiple  unrelated conditions including Migraine, or
  • flat-out promise Migraine "Cures."

In an effort to keep my language clean and family-friendly, I'll just say, "Balderdash!" So let's take those types of tweets one at a time:

  • There is nothing that can stop Migraine pain forever. We wish there were, we desperately wish there were. But, it's as Carl Sandburg said, "Wishes won't wash dishes."
  • Remedies that are touted for multiple unrelated conditions most often help none of them.
  • At this time, there is NO CURE for Migraine.

Stop and think about it for a minute. If there were a cure for Migraine, we would know about it. Even those who believe that "big pharma" wouldn't want us to know about it have to admit that it couldn't be kept hidden. A few years ago, I had several "discussions" with a man who swore he could cure Migraine and that doctors and "big pharma" were keeping his "cure" away from us. I told him that if he truly had a treatment that could cure Migraine, it would not be impossible to let the world know about it. Any reporter worth his or her salt would jump at a chance to not only reveal the "cure," but also at a chance to expose anyone trying to keep it away from patients. The story would have Pulitzer potential for the reporter. It told me a great deal about his "cure" that he never even attempted to contact a reporter even though I suggested several major news outlets to him.

NoCureMigraineWhether we're seeing these claims on Twitter or Facebook, in our email, or somewhere else, they simply don't stand up to scrutiny. They prey on our emotions, on our desire to find effective treatments and, yes, a cure for Migraine disease and other conditions.

They prey on us emotionally and financially. They encourage us to spend money most of us don't really have on their false promises.

If we come across something that we think might have some promise, the best thing we can do is talk with our doctors about it before we invest in something. If someone has a treatment or a lifestyle routine that's worth something, there will be clinical trial data and peer-reviewed journal articles about it. If someone approaches us about one of these products or plans, we should ask them for their clinical trial data and copies of peer-reviewed journal articles. Then, take those to our doctors.

We can each be our own best advocate by not believing things without solid scientific proof. This can keep us from falling victim to false claims and people who prey on us.

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Let's Talk Migraine - Useless Tweets and eBooks

Lets-Talk2How much would you pay for an eBook that contained valuable information that could help you with your Migraines? Whatever amount you have in mind, would you still pay it if the same information could be found online at NO CHARGE?

Twitter has become one of the fastest and most effective way of promoting business endeavors, including the sale of eBooks. Something I've come across lately is a practice that I find to be pretty sneaky. I'm not going to get into naming names, so I'll refer to the person I'm talking about as TweeterX.

TweeterX Tweets so often with the hashtag #Migraine that she's ranked as a Twitter influencer for the hashtag. Here's how she's sneaky - several times a day, she posts valid migraine facts such as:

  • "Sometimes postdrome #migraine phase can involved impaired thinking for a few days after the #headache has passed."
  • "During postdrome phase, many report a sore feeling in the area where the #migraine was."
  • "The frequency of #migraine attacks is variable, from a few in a lifetime to several a week, with the average being about one a month."

Sadly, she also posts Tweets such as:

  • Discover The Secret To Completely Eliminating Your Migraine Pain Forever
  • #Migraines are not as difficult to treat as you think
  • Never Spend Another Dime On Expensive, Dangerous #Migraine Treatments
  • Eliminate Your #Migraine Pain Forever In The Next 48 Hours

There are a few things wrong with that second list of Tweets:

  1. At this time, nothing can live up to those claims.
  2. All of them link to an eBook she's selling.
  3. The eBook is garbage. There is some decent information in it, but none of it is anything that can't be found online AT NOT CHARGE.

The eBook she's selling is The Migraine Relief Guide, and I can make statements about it because so many people were asking me about it that I bought it so I could review it. The cost? It was #37 when I bought it; it's now $27. That's $27 for a 53-page eBook. If you want to know more about The Migraine Relief Guide, you can read my review, but that $27 would be far better spent on a couple of GOOD books.

Keep in mind that, just like web sites, some Tweets contain good information while others... well, others are a waste of time at best and a rip-off at worst. Migraines can make us desperate and ready to try pretty much anything. But, we need to be cautious and aware of useless Tweets and eBooks. We already spend enough on our health. We don't need to spend money that, in the end, is wasted.

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Let's Talk Migraine - Triggers

Lets-Talk2We all know that doctors have less time to discuss our Migraines during our appointments these days. Still I'm still shocked when someone tells me that their doctors have never discussed their Migraine triggers with them — or worse still, never even told them that Migraines HAVE triggers.

I've had Migraines since I was six-years-old. Nobody ever told me about triggers. I thought Migraines just happened and didn't learn any better until I was in my 40's, my Migraines became chronic, and I sought care from a Migraine specialist.

Have you and your doctor discussed your Migraine triggers? Do you discuss them when you go for follow-up appointments. For more on this important issue, please read Two Vital Migraine Related Issues That Doctors Often Don't Mention.

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