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Marcia Cross on Migraines and Holidays

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Not so desperate when it comes to her Migraines!

Marcia Cross is enjoying life, marriage, and a successful career as an actress. These days, she's possibly most recognizable as Bree Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives."

Did you know that Marcia is a Migraineur? She experienced her first Migraine at the age of 14, and it was terrifying. She didn't know what was happening to her. Today, she's speaking out about Migraine disease and the importance of being diagnosed and getting proper treatment.

I spoke with Marcia earlier this week, and it's my pleasure to share that conversation and her holiday tips with you!


A Look At Retinal Migraine

There are several terms that are sometimes used, supposedly as Migraine diagnoses, that involve visual symptoms. Most of them aren't actually standard Migraine diagnoses. Retinal Migraine, however, is an actual Migraine diagnosis. What becomes confusing about it is that it's sometimes misused, resulting in a misdiagnosis. The term "retinal Migraine" is often misused to mean any Migraine that involves any visual symptoms or a Migraine with visual symptoms but without the headache phase of the attack. Let's take a look at what Retinal Migraine actually is...

Read our feature article.


Topiramate (Topamax) for Headache & Migraine Prevention Can Increase Occurrence of Kidney Stones

Topiramate (Topamax) is a neuronal stabilizing agent (aka anticonvulsant medication) that is FDA-approved for and prescribed for headache and Migraine prevention.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern) have have completed a study showing that topiramate can increase the propensity for calcium phosphate kidney stones. Although there has been anecdotal evidence of this potential side effect and much discussion of it, this is the first study to formally investigate the issue and examine the mechanism of stone formation. Read our feature article.