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American Headache and Migraine Association Launches

AHMA3-250I'm beyond excited today to announce the launch of the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA), a  patient-focused and patient-driven nonprofit organization!

The AHMA exists to EASE the burden of Migraine and other headache disorders through Education, Awareness, Support, and Engagement.

There are some programs in place, and others will be determined by AHMA members. AHMA will be holding an annual patient conference, the first one scheduled for November in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For more information, see the AHMA blog, Introducing the American Headache and Migraine Association.

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Last updated March 11, 2013.


Coping with Migraines Begins with Migratude

ExploringMigratude166To say that living with Migraines is difficult would be an understatement. Migraine disease impacts every aspect of our lives, and coping with Migraines becomes an art for those with frequent Migraines.

With more than 50 years of Migraines behind me, I've concluded that the best way for me to cope well with Migraines is by building my Migratude.

What Is Migratude?

Our aptitude for learning about
and coping with Migraines
+
Our attitude toward
Migraine management and
living with Migraines
=
Migratude!

Why coping begins with Migratude . . .

  • It's easier to cope with Migraines if we keep learning about our Migraines. Doubt and unanswered questions lead to tension and anxiety - hardly conducive to coping well.
  • Learning all we can about our disease helps us be better prepared to work as treatment partners with our doctors. Good relationships with our doctors also reduce tension and anxiety because we have them firmly on "our side."
  • We sometimes have problems with the attitudes others have toward Migraines. If we can develop and keep our own positive and constructive attitude, it's easier to help others understand, and it's easier to cope with them.

Migratude serves me well. I hope you'll develop YOUR Migratude!

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Last updated March 9, 2013.


Can Sexual Activity Relieve Migraine and Cluster Headache Attacks?

TERI-Intimate-CoupleB-166How 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:

  1. Sexual activity can abort Migraine and cluster headache attacks in some patients.
  2. 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.

For more information on the study, see Treating Migraines and Cluster Headaches with Sexual Activity.

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Last updated March 8, 2013.


Ask Migraine Specialist Dr. Rob Cowan a Question

QuestionDr. Rob Cowan, a magnificent Migraine and headache specialist and director of the Stanford Headache Center is accepting questions about headache disorders through 5 p.m., Pacific time, tomorrow (Friday, March 8).

Selected questions will be answered on the Stanford Medical blog Scope.

Dr. Cowan is a perfect person to answer Migraine and headache questions. He's a wonderful specialist, has Migraines himself, is a published author on the topic, and is active in advocacy efforts on behalf of patients with Migraine and other headache disorders.

To ask Dr. Cowan a question, Tweet it with the hashtag #AskSUMed or post it in the comments section of this Scope blog entry - Ask Stanford Med: Director of Stanford Headache Clinic taking questions on headache disorders.

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Last updated March 7, 2013.


Migraine Research Questionnaire: What Others Think About Your Migraines

QuestionnaireLaptopWhether it's about Migraines or other issues, what others think can influence how we feel and how we think about ourselves.

Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a new tool for measuring the effects of chronic medical conditions on our lives and how other people interact with us. The questionnaire has been used in a rheumatology clinic, and Dr. Dawn Marcus and a colleague want to see how it does with Migraineurs.

How about giving them a hand with their research? Your participation would be greatly appreciated. I've already completed the questionnaire myself.

For more information and a link to the questionnaire, see Research opportunity: What do others think about your Migraines?

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Last updated March 4, 2013.