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Even During Migraines: Love Beats Hate

LBH Driving through traffic and road construction gave me a nasty headache today. Not a Migraine, thankfully, but a nasty tension-type headache. In pain and not a happy camper, I thoughtlessly snapped at a friend over the phone shortly after arriving at my hotel. Not good.

So, it's fitting that on my to-do list today was blogging for the Love Beats Hate Blogging Event. When I first read about this event, I was excited. What a great topic! Of course, with everything going on in the world, I could write about world events, the state of the economy, politics, or other broad topics. But that's not why you read this blog. Most likely, you're reading because you have problems with Migraines or headaches - or you care about someone who does. So, I'm going to stick to the topic in a more personal way.

Even when we're in pain and / or suffering with other Migraine symptoms, we need to hold on to love and let go of hate or anything resembling it. In my mind, anything that's not love, is likely to be some form of hate, something negative. Don't we all have enough negativity in our lives?

I could ramble on here, trying to be philosophical, trying to make a point. On the other hand, I found a couple of short videos that are far more eloquent than I could ever be...

I've always loved the quote by Gandhi, "We must be the change we want to see in the world." I have no idea what's being said in this video, but it's not necessary to understand what's said to understand what's meant...

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Last updated November 17, 2010


Migraines, Doctors, and Pharma Company Dollars

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Does the doctor who treats your Migraines and / or headaches receive payment from pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements?

ProPublica recently published a block of content, called Dollars for Docs, on doctors being paid by pharmacuetical companies, mostly for speaking engagements during which they educate other doctors about medications they use in their practices. In an editorial, ProPublica questions the objectivity of these doctors and suggests that being paid by pharmaceutical companies compromises their judgement and the care we receive from them.

Treating Migraines and headaches is difficult to say the least, especially for those of us who are "difficult cases." There are too few specialists, and our family doctors and general neurologists treat too many conditions to be even remotely able to keep up with the medications and other developments in the treatment of every condition they treat. The doctors who are part of pharmaceutical company speaker bureaus take their time to prepare and speak to groups of doctors who are interested in learning more about particular medications. They are NOT told what to say by the pharmaceutical companies; they speak from personal experience and knowledge.

To think that these doctors could do this without compensation is naive or foolish. Contrary to popular belief, very few doctors make a lot of money practicing medicine. The costs of practicing medicine are skyrocketing just like every thing else in this economy. Staffing, office rent or mortgage, equipment, supplies, malpractice insurance, and so on. If doctors accept Medicaid, they're often paid less than it costs them to treat those patients. Medicare is nearly as bad. It all adds up to reduced income for the doctors. And yet, they have the same needs and dreams that we have -- a home, raising children, saving for retirement. I know of several Migraine specialists who no longer see patients for this reason. They've gone into research instead. If they can supplement their income by sharing their knowledge and expereince with other doctors -- which, in turns, helps the patients of the other doctors -- MORE POWER TO THEM!

The people at ProPublica seem to think that doctors should take time from our appointments with them to tell us if they're paid speakers and give us the detaisl. Yeah, right! Does your doctor have enough time in his day to add that time to every appointment? Of course not. That would mean taking away from the time we have with them -- time that needs to be spent on our health care.

So... Does the doctor who treats your Migraines and / or headaches receive payment from pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements? Mine do, and I think it's great that they can share their knowledge and expertise with other doctors so those doctors can give their patients better care. If they supplement their income while they're  at it, that's fine by me. If they were the kind of people and doctors who would be swayed or biased by it, they wouldn't be the great doctors that they are.

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Last updated November 8, 2010


November 2010 Migraine and Headache Blog Carnival: Thankfulness

BlogCarnival125 Welcome to the Nov., 2010, Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival!

The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both Migraine and headache patients and people who blog about Migraines and headaches with opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

The theme of the November carnival is "What are you thankful for despite living with Migraine disease?"  This month's carnival is hosted by Diana Lee, the founder of the carnival, on her blog Somebody Heal Me.

Are you ready to read some great posts? On to the November, 2010. Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival: Thankfulness.

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Migraines Make Me Thankful

TGivingBoyPraying When we think about Thanksgiving Day, we often think about what we're thankful for despite living with Migraines or headaches. This year, I find myself thinking of Thanksgiving in two ways:

  1. people and things for whom and for which I'm thankful despite Migraines and
  2. people and things for whom and for which I'm thankful because of Migraines.

I'll start with people and things for whom and for which I'm thankful despite Migraines:

  • My family: husband, two sons; two daughters in-law; nine grandchildren; brother; sister in-law; neice, her husband and daughter; nephew, his wife and daughter; and two cats.
  • My extedned family: Some very close friends including my ex-husband and his family (yes, we all still consider each other family), my online Migraine "family."
  • Still being able to see despite having glaucoma, which has seriously impaired my vision and taken away my ability to drive after dark.
  • Our home and not having been hurt as badly by the economy as badly as may people have been.

Now, people and things for whom and for which I'm thankful because of Migraines:

  • Dr. William Young (Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia), my first Migraine specialist, who has become a friend and colleague as well.
  • Dr. John Claude Krusz (Anodyne Headache and PainCare in Dallas), my current Migraine specialist, friend, and colleague.
  • An effective Migraine treatment regimen that has reduced my Migraines from an average of five a week to fewer than a dozen a YEAR.
  • The researchers who are working so dilligently to understand the pathphysiology and genetics of Migraine disease -- and the progress they're making.
  • The opportunities I have to do the work I do and know that it's helping other people with Mgraine disease and other headache disorders.

What are YOU thankful for this year? Please leave a comment and share with me?

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Last updated November 5, 2010


NHF Regional Headache and Migraine Conference Postponed

NHF_newlogo125 Last week, I posted about the First NHF Headache and Migraine Regional Conference scheduled for this month.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this conference has been postponed. You can read more about it in THIS LETTER from NHF Executive Director, Bob Dalton.

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Last updated November 1, 2010


Migraine and Other Pain: Chronic Babe October Blog Carnival

ChronicBabe250w Whether they're dealing with Migraines, headaches, other health issues, or not health related at all, blog carnivals are collections of blog entries, usually put together around a common theme.

The most recent carnival put together by the members of chronicbabe.com is Blog Carnival #15: Trick or Treat. Even though Halloween is over, this carnival has some excellent information for anyone dealing with pain.

Check out Blog Carnival #15: Trick or Treat!

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Last updated November 1, 2010