Ellen Schnakenberg, Patient Expert

Ellen wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Migraine.

Realizing an Impossible Vacation

If you have frequent or chronic migraine, you know already that it takes an act of Congress to make a real vacation happen. Without sincere determination, it’s not going to happen. Determination — the real hearty stuff — is tough, so this post is goi...
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Watching Over Me

Day 22 of our blog challenge appreciates loved ones who take care of others.
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Migraine Medication - Promethazine Recall

Many migraine patients have been prescribed promethazine to help during their migraine attacks, but those who have recently received bottles of this drug need to check them to be sure they aren’t involved in a voluntary recall triggered by the discov...
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DHE Injection Shortage

Credit: Thinkstock The Migraine medication DHE 1mg, 1ml ampules for injection are in extremely short supply. Three labs that manufacture this Migraine medication are currently backordered, causing patients dependent on this abortive medicine to worry ...
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Love with Migraines and Headaches - February Blog Carnival

Credit: Thinkstock It’s nearly Valentine’s Day again - that special time when Migraineurs are reminded of the challenges and rewards of love and relationships despite our disease. With that in mind, I want to be sure and readers about the February Mi...
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Migraine Term of the Day - Interictal

Credit: Thinkstock What does the term interictal mean, on it’s own and when applied to Migraines and headaches? When we’re looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it’s from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come acr...
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Migraine - Never Again

There have been at least three losses this summer in which Migraine patients made a decision that ended their lives. When talking about this, I’ve seen / heard the surprise and sadness of doctors and specialists. That got me thinking. In the face of ...
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Dealing with Migraine Anger

Credit: Thinkstock As a Migraine patient, I have become very sensitive about how people react to my disease and the attacks I live with each day. This means I can’t always trust my gut reactions anymore. I have to think twice and double check my own ...
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