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New Migraine Site Launched at Migraine.com

MigraineCom175w Migraine disease impacts 37 million people in the United States alone. Migraines can be debilitating, frightening, frustrating, and isolating. The Internet has opened many doors for Migraineurs. We now have more information available than ever before. Still, the need for educational information, support, and advocacy continues, and Internet sites that are accurate and unbiased continues.

Today, a new Migraine site is officially launching at Migraine.com. For a few months now, a team has been working to add content to Migraine.com, and I'm pleased to be one of the patient advocates and bloggers writing for the site. I'm impressed by the knowledge and passion of everyone involved with the site.

On Migraine.com, you can find:

  • Informative articles about Migraine disease, the types of Migraines, Migraine treatments, Migraine Triggers, and more.
  • Blogs by two great Migraine specialists, Dr. Susan Hutchinson and Dr. Dawn Marcus.
  • Blogs by patient advocates and bloggers whom you probably already know:
  • A discussion forum.
  • An "Ask the Experts" section where you can ask your Migraine related questions.
  • A Migraine Symptom Checker
  • A section of Patient Stories where you can read about other people and their Migraines.

The site has an online Migraine Journal with great new features coming for 2011.

To encourage Migraineurs to share their story, one of the first 500 people who register as a member at Migraine.com and write their Patient Story will win an Apple iPad!

One person has already asked me a question that I know more of you will ask - Does my writing on Migraine.com mean I'll stop any of the work on the other sites I write for or own? No. I will be continuing with my other work as well. We Migraineurs need all the good resources we can get!

Come check out Migraine.com soon!

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Last updated December 21, 2010


My Migraine Family - A Holiday Gift for You

HolidayGifts165 I've been thinking of my Migraine "family" recently, wishing there were more I could do to help everyone feel better and have a higher quality of life. Every day, I receive email, forum posts, Facebook messages, and other communications from people with Mgiraines that are truly life altering.

More and more of those messages arrive as time goes on. I'm not sure that it's because there are more Migraineurs having trouble. It may well be that, with the Internet, we have more options for communicating with each other. That's a positive aspect of the Internet - access to more information and support than ever before.

In the midst of this busy holiday season, I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who reads my work and everyone who emails me or sends me a message through other methods. Many of my articles and blog entries come about because of questions you ask, information you need. So, thank you!

I wanted to do something special for you for the holidays, whichever holidays you may be celebrating, but what could I do? Finally, I decided that the best gift I could give you would be a donation to Migraine research. There are several nonprofit organizations raising money for Migraine research.

Just as I was trying to decide if I should make a donation to one or smaller donations to multiple organizations, I learned about a new web site called Crowdrise. There, I was able set up a project for raising funds for Migraine research on an ongoing basis AND make a donation as a gift for you, my Migraine family.

DollarsMigResearch150 The Crowdrise project Dollars for Migraine Research has been set up, and the first donation was from me as my gift to you. The Migraine Research Foundation was registered with Crowdrise, so donations to Dollars for Migraine Research will go to them to help with the Migraine research grants they award.

If you need a last-minute gift for a Migraineur, a donation toward Migraine research may be your answer. If so, please join me and make this OUR project. You can just make a donation, or you can register with Crowdrise and join the project. There is NO cost to join, and once you join the team, you'll find information there for sharing information about the project. Just go to Dollars for Migraine Research.

Of course, I want to support all the wonderful organizations that fund Migraine research, so I'll do more projects later on to raise money for them. In the meantime, if you'd like information on other organizations that fund Migraine research, see Donating to Migraine Research.

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Last updated December 20, 2010.


Migraine Triggers and Holidays: December Migraine Blog Carnival

BlogCarnival125 Welcome to the Dec., 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 December carnival is "How can we make the holidays special despite the need to limit our migraine triggers?"  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  Holidays & Triggers: Dec. 2010 Headache & Migraine Blog Carnival.

For the Migraine bloggers among you, here's the information for the January blog carnival:
Theme: Taking Charge of Our Migraines in 2011.
Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2011
Post Date: Monday, January 10, 2011
Host: I'll be hosting this carnival here!

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Last updated December 13, 2010.


Migraine Info: Passing It On

SmileyCentral.comThis past week, I came across a post on MigrainePuppet, a blog written by a fellow Migraine sufferer. The title of the entry was "Pass It On," and I found it to be passionate, heart-warming, and inspiring. It made me say to myself, "This is why I love my work. This is why I do what I do."

Puppet has been working very hard to educate herself about her Migraines, her triggers, and other aspects of her health so she can work more closely with her doctor as a treatment partner. With knowledge behind her, she has become comfortable with asking her doctor questions and even sometimes disagreeing with her doctor.

At her latest appointment, she and her doctor even discussed her doctor's Migraine and triggers. Puppet may well have given her doctor some tips that will help HER.

I've been reading Puppeg's blog since she started it, and as someone looking in from the outside, I think I may see better than she does how much progress she has made. It's makes me happy for her and very proud of her. It also makes me grateful to have been able to help her learn.

From my own battle with Migraines, I know how strongly the disease can impact our lives; how it can reduce our quality of life. Ten years ago, I started treatment with Dr. William B. Young at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He helped me get my life back, and that's one reason I do what I do. I want to pass on as much information and support as I can because so much has been given to me. I want to "Pay it forward."

Are you a Migraineur who has learned about Migraines and gotten support when you needed it? You don't have to blog about it to pass it on. You don't have to work in the filed as I do. When you come across someone having problems with Migraines, share the information you've gained. Help them find the support they need. Certainly, if you have a blog, you can post there to help others, but helping just one person that you come across goes a long way. I've found that Facebook is another place where I can "pay it forward." It's a great place to post links to helpful information and support resources.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to read Puppeti's blog entry, Pass It On. It made my day brighter, and I hope it will do the same for yours.

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Last updated December 11, 2010


Avoiding Migraine Triggers to Enjoy the Holidays

PineBow100No matter which winter holidays we may celebrate, Migraine can really mess with us. It's as if everything goes haywire just when we need things to go well.

If you're like me, during the holidays, there are more situations filled with possilbe Migraine triggers than during most other times of the year. Over the years, I've learned some ways to manage some of my triggers, and that has let me do more to make the holidays special and limit my Migraine triggers at the same time. I'm going to share them with you in hopes of giving you ideas that will help you enjoy the holidays despite those annoying triggers.

  1. Remember that Migraine triggers are stackable or cumulative. Encountering one trigger may not bring on a Migraine, but encountering two or more might. So, be careful to limit how many triggers you encounter.
  2. Dehydration is a Migraine trigger for me, and I tend to consume more alcohol during the holidays. Alcohol is not only a trigger form some of us, but is dehydrating too. If I'm drinking alcoholic beverages, I make sure I drink a full glass of water arter each alcoholic beverage.
  3. Getting overheated is also a Migraine trigger for me. When attending holiday events, I layer my clothing so I can remove layers if I start getting too warm.
  4. Another way that holidays can increase Migraine triggers for me is the havoc holidays can play with our schedules. Messed up sleep and meal schedules can both be problematic for me. Our family members have learned not to count on me too early in the morning becuase getting up too early can trigger a Migraine. They usually just plan breakfast without me since they rise earlier than I do. I keep some Special K bars in my bag so that I have a farily nutritional and readily available snack in case meals are delayed.
  5. I saved the biggest for last -- Accepting that things don't always have to be perfect. Holidays have become too commercial and sometimes, too competitive. It seems to me that the true joy of family, friends, and coming together in celbration is getting drowned out. The wonder of the season can become tarnished all too easily in our increasingly materialistic society. If all the gifts aren't wrapped perfectly... if everyone fills plates from the kitchen instead of stressing over a perfect holiday table... none of these things should really matter. If we do what we can, when we can, we're likely to reduce our triggers and be better able to enjoy the holidays.

Here are some links to other holiday content you may enjoy:

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Last updated December 8, 2010.