Insurance Delays and Denials Impact Patient Access to Migraine Treatment

How Insurance Barriers Impact Migraine Treatment Access Migraine is a complex neurological disease that affects more than 42 million people in the United States alone. Approximately 5 million people in the US have chronic migraine, meaning they have 15 migraine/headache days a month or more. Migraine disease is so much more than “just a headache.”…

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Beyond Medication: Sleep and the Migraine Brain

If ever there was a tale of a complicated relationship, it is the story of sleep and the migraine brain. Get too much sleep, and you will likely trigger an attack. Get too little, and you are also likely to trigger an attack. Feel tired and take a nap, and yet again that can trigger an attack. Fatigue is a highly common and debilitating symptom among those with migraine, and yet many report migraine wakes them up and is the cause of not getting enough sleep. To complicate matters even more, for many, sleep is often the only thing that relieves the pain of a bad attack, and getting quality sleep at night has been shown to reduce head pain. So how do we navigate this ever so complicated relationship?

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Growing Up With a Disabled Parent: Empathy or Resentment?

It would be an understatement to say that it’s difficult growing up with a parent who struggles with a disability. It changes the way you view your parents, friends, and even your own health at times. In this two-part series, I’ll examine how this impacts different parts of a child’s life. In this first part,…

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Finding Answers: Taking Control of Chronic Migraine  

Managing migraine day-to-day requires constant effort, no matter how long you’ve lived with migraine disease. People with chronic migraine – defined as a minimum of 15  migraine/headache days per month – may find this especially challenging. Not everyone has access to a certified migraine specialist. Very few people with chronic migraine receive a proper diagnosis and…

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Managing Migraine at Work: Strategies for Success

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According to the American Headache Society, nearly 113 million workdays are lost each year due to migraine. The work environment can be full of migraine triggers that we cannot control. So what is the best way to manage migraine at work? Identify Migraine Triggers at Work The first step in preventing and/or reducing migraine at…

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Migraine Comorbidities: Heart Health and Women With Migraine PART 2

The comorbid connection between migraine and cardiovascular disorders has been established for many decades. For example, we know that people who experience migraine with aura are about twice as likely to have an ischemic stroke,[1] and many people with migraine experience palpitations and other cardiovascular symptoms, especially during attacks. To complicate matters, some types of migraine (e.g. hemiplegic) have similar symptoms to a stroke, such as disorientation, vision changes, vertigo, and speech changes.

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Migraine Comorbidities: Cardiovascular Disorders And The Migraine Connection PART 1

The comorbid connection between migraine and cardiovascular disorders has been established for many decades. For example, we know that people who experience migraine with aura are about twice as likely to have an ischemic stroke,[1] and many people with migraine experience palpitations and other cardiovascular symptoms, especially during attacks. To complicate matters, some types of migraine (e.g. hemiplegic) have similar symptoms to a stroke, such as disorientation, vision changes, vertigo, and speech changes.

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Migraine-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts

How to show support for people living with migraine as we celebrate this day of love. Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time to officially celebrate the ones we love (and ourselves)! Unfortunately, many gifts that are traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day can trigger migraine attacks. With a few easy swaps, you can…

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Do You Have an Individual Exercise Plan?

“I was a marathon runner until my migraine became intractable and chronic daily. I lived to run. It was my physical and psychological outlet. Then…boom…it came to a screeching halt. I began walking, which soon became my lifeline. That is until 2 years ago when I developed vestibular migraine and had 3 serious falls while…

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Migraine as a Coworker

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Having migraine as a coworker can be challenging. None of us are strangers to calling out of work for one reason or another. Whether this was a more frequent occurrence at some of our first low-level jobs, or out of necessity at our current job, it’s something we’ve all experienced at some point. For those…

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Two Tips for Migraine in 2024

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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Many of us will resolve to achieve all kinds of goals in 2024, including managing migraine attacks more effectively. However, it’s important to remember that your overall health improvement goals can often be better achieved by taking small, actionable steps. Here are two tips for migraine in 2024…

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Migraine Warrior

How are you going into the New Year with migraine? New Year’s Resolutions for a Migraine Warrior I will mindfully be kind to myself and rest when my body says I need to – even when that means “extreme self-care“! I will mindfully let go of guilt for the things I can’t do, places I…

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