Understanding Even When YOU Don't Have Migraines

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Today's podcast is a bit different. Yes, it's for Migraineurs -- people who have Migraine disease -- but it's also for people who don't have Migraines.

If you have family members, friends, or coworkers who have Migraines, you need to know that what you do or don't do can have an enormous effect on their lives.

So, today, I want to tell talk with you about what Migraines are and how people and things in their environment can help or hurt Migraineurs...

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Migraines: Yes, We Can!

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As I watched the inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday (and I promise you that this podcast is NOT going to be political), I thought of a slogan he used often during the campaign and during his acceptance speech, "Yes, we can!"

My thoughts about that slogan focused on our country, but only for a few moments; because, as usual, my thoughts quickly moved on to the millions and millions of people in the world living with Migraine disease - 36 million in the United States alone.

Migraine can be a pernicious and debilitating disease. For some of us, it can take over our lives, if we let it. And that's where "Yes, we can!" comes in.

We've learned that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease caused by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain. At this point, there is no cure for the disease. BUT, Migraine specialists and researchers tell me that they can find effective preventive regimens for 95% of Migraineurs. That means that the odds of our controlling this disease are excellent.

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Migraine Risks - Some Perspective

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Over the last few years, we've seen research statistics demonstrating that having Migraine disease increases our risks of other health problems such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, and brain damage. The mainstream news media and some bloggers have reported these findings with sensationalized headlines that had people in a panic running to their doctors in fear. You're bound to have seen headlines such as "Stroke Risk Doubles for Migraine Sufferers."

On the other end of the spectrum, on the rare occasions when Migraine sufferers are shown to possibly have a lower risk for another health issue, the media and those bloggers come up with headlines that sound as if having Migraines will save our lives or are really a good thing - headlines such as "Migraine's Silver Lining" or "Migraines Prevent Breast cancer!"

I think not!

So, where does the truth lie? Usually somewhere between "The Sky Is Falling" and "Enduring World Peace Achieved."

Let's take a look at some of these reported risks and supposed benefits of having Migraine disease and put them in perspective...

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Living Well In 2009 Despite Migraines and Headaches

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Another year gone by. 2008 was a good year for some of us who found the right doctor, the right treatment regimen for us, great support, and a reduction in Migraines. To those of you in that group, congratulations!

For some of us, however, 2008 wasn't so kind, and Migraines and headaches continue to plague us, compromising our lives in countless ways... pain, decreased quality of life, problems in jobs and careers, issues in our personal relationships, and more.

Now that the rush of the big winter holidays is over, it's time to focus on 2009 and what we can do to make it better than 2008. If there's anything positive I can say about Migraine disease, it's that although it can take time to find the right treatment regimen, there actually are many treatments that can help us manage this disease and recover the lives we once had and want to have again.
To get to the point, here are some tips for living well all year, despite Migraines, and having a better 2009...

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Migraine as an Invisible Illness

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One of the biggest challenges faced by people with Migraines and chronic headaches is the level of understanding of those around them. Migraineurs often say that only other Migraineurs can understand them and what Migraines do to their lives.

One reason for that is that Migraine disease and chronic headaches are "invisible" illnesses. Yes, people can sometimes see that we're in pain, but the illness, the source of the pain, isn't something they can see or feel for themselves. We don't have a visible wound or any visible scars. We don't need crutches or a wheel chair, or other assistive devices. Let's take a look at invisible illness...

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Is Stress a Migraine Trigger?

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Welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. This week, we're taking a look the relationship between stress and Migraine disease.

There is some controversy as to whether stress is an actual trigger. The International Headache Society has moved it from their list of triggers to their list of exacerbating factors on the premise that it doesn't by itself trigger Migraines but it does make us more susceptible to our triggers. So, what does it matter if stress is an actual trigger or an exacerbating factor that makes us more susceptible to our triggers?...

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The Phases of a Migraine Attack and Their Symptoms

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When many people think of a Migraine attack, they think only of a very painful headache. The reality is that a Migraine attack usually has several symptoms and those symptoms can be broken down into four phases. Not everyone experiences all the phases, and we might experience symptoms and phases during one Migraine attack that we don't experience during the next. The four phases are prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. Let's take a look at those phases and their potential symptoms.

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Setting Reasonable Goals for Headache and Migraine Treatment

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Welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. This week, we're taking a look setting realistic treatment goals -- goals that give us something to strive for, but aren't so high that we give up.

Recently, someone with very frequent and severe Migraine attacks told me something her husband promised her. He promised her that, when she'd been Migraine-free for six months, he'd buy her a plane ticket to visit a friend. On the surface, that seems like a nice thing to do. But it brought to mind the subject of setting realistic goals -- goals that aren't too easy, but aren't so difficult that we'll want to give up. I consider my Migraine preventive regimen to be extremely effective, but it's been many years since I was Migraine-free for six months...

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National Awareness Week - Seven Healthy Habits of Headache and Migraine Sufferers

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Sunday, June 3, marks the beginning of National Headache Awareness Week. Some people have asked me why there's an awareness week for headaches and Migraine disease. People who need to ask that question are generally people who never experience anything beyond a minor tension-type headache. Those with chronic headaches or issues with Migraine disease know the answer. Although the World Health Organization ranks Migraine disease as the 19th leading cause of years lived with disability on a global level, Migraine is still dramatically underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood. That ranking is from 2004. In 2000, Migraine was ranked at 20th. While we would hope that Migraine would move down on the list, it is, unfortunately, moving up. Tension-type headaches are experienced by 80% of the world's population. Extrapolation from figures for migraine prevalence and frequency of attacks suggests that 3,000 Migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population. Less well recognized is the toll of chronic daily headache: up to one adult in 20 has headache every or nearly every day.

Initiated by the National Headache Foundation, this year's awareness week is focusing attention on Seven Healthy Habits of Headache Sufferers...

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PFO - A "Hole in the Heart" Related to Migraine?

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Welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. This week, we're taking a look at the connection between patent foramen ovale (PFO) and Migraine.

It's theorized that a PFO causing unoxygenated blood to be circulated to the brain may trigger Migraines. In 2004, research was published that seemed to confirm this theory. The problem with that research was that the studies asked patients for information about headaches and Migraines that occurred in the past as opposed to gathering information at the time of the episodes. Also, the data for this research was gathered from studies performed to evaluate PFO and stroke. Thus, more conclusive research is needed before the connection between PFO and Migraine can be evaluated and PFO closure considered as a treatment for the prevention of Migraine. This research is underway now...

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