Migraine Tidbit of the Day Index
Every tidbit of information we can learn about Migraine disease and other headache disorders makes us more educated, more empowered.
So, let's learn together! Every day, we'll have a new tidbit to help us learn about Migraines, headaches, and other issues that impact those of us living with them.
Bookmark this post and check back often!
Let's have a bit of fun today...
Does Harry Potter Have Migraines? There are references to Harry having "headaches" in the Harry Potter series. To have a bit of fun and bring attention to the fact that children have Migraine and other headache disorders, Dr. Fred Sheftell and Dr. Timothy Steiner, analyzed Harry's "headaches."
Have fun and read Does Harry Potter Have Migraines?.
August 27, 2008:
Remember that even "natural" treatments
act as drugs in our bodies and should be
discussed with our doctors before taking them.
Stop and think about it. Our first drugs were substances such as herbs. Totally natural. Totally safe? No. Herbs, minerals, and other such "natural" treatments act as drugs in our bodies. They have potential side effects, can interact with medications, and may be problematic with some conditions -- Just like their pharmaceutical counterparts.
For example: Feverfew is a common herb used for Migraine prevention, by itself or combined with other substances. It's "natural." BUT, women who are pregnant or could become pregnant shouldn't take it because it can cause miscarriage.
So, before you start taking that "natural" supplement, please remember to discuss it with your doctor BEFORE taking it. Be safe!
For important cautionary information on another supplement sometimes taken for Migraine, see 5-HTP for Migraine – Check Before You Swallow.
August 27, 2008:
Be aware that a lumbar puncture is the ONLY definitive way to
diagnose pseudotumor cerebri.
Sadly, even some doctors will tell you that idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), aka pseudotumor cerebri can be diagnosed or ruled out by an eye exam or MRI. Not true.
For more information , see The ONLY definitive way to diagnose pseudotumor cerebri.
August 26, 2008:
Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance --
Prepare your kids to go back to school.
When your child has a chronic illness, whether it's headaches, Migraines, or a different illness entirely, we really can't afford to put off getting our children ready for school. There are extra steps that need to be taken; extra preparations that need to be made. In the Miss America scholarship pageant program, they have a motto. They call it "the P's.
For advice for getting your kids ready for school, including forms to give teachers and school nurses about medications, see Back To School with Migraines or Headaches.
August 25, 2008:
Avoid problems by not taking abortives or
pain medications more than two or three days a week.
Unfortunately, there are times when the remedy can compound the problem. Taking abortive medications such as the triptans or pain medications more than two or three days a week can do that by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. Another big problem is that if we're in an MOH cycle, it's very unlikely that preventives can work.
For more information about MOH, see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.
Breaking an MOH cycle is difficult, but very worthwhile. If you're working with your doctor to break an MOH cycle and need some additional support, stop by our forum. There are people there who understand and will be happy to give you support.
August 18, 2008:
Being well organized and preparing in advance
helps us get the most out of doctor's appointments
It doesn't matter if it's your 1st visit with your doctor or the 100th, appointment time is limited, so we have to make the most of it. Make notes between appointments. Make lists of things you want to discuss. Organization and preparation are essential.
We've prepared a guide meant to help make first visits and follow-up visits with doctors easier. Let’s make appointments something we look forward to as a tool for better headache and Migraine management.
Check out our Guide to a Successful Doctor's Appointment.
August 17, 2008:
Having a plan makes Migraines easier to deal with
and improves quality of life. MAPP your Migraines!
No matter how effective our preventive regimen is, we're going to be struck with a Migraine from time to time. To make those Migraines easier to deal with, let's form a Migraine Action Plan and Pack, let's MAPP them. Here are the elements of the Plan...
Check out MAPP Your Migraine.
August 15, 2008:
Unexplained head pain and headaches or Migraines
that last too long should always be checked out.
This is a biggie! Does anyone else remember when actress Sharon Stone had an aneurysm? She thought it was a Migraine, the worst one she'd ever had. She left a message on her ex-husband's voice mail to come take her to the ER. Then, being in so much pain, she wandered around her house waiting for him. It turned out that he was out of town and didn't get to her for a couple of days. When he did get her to the ER, it was in the nick of time. What she thought was the worst Migraine of her life turned out to be an aneurysm that would have been fatal if not treated when it was. When relating her experience on Oprah, Miss Stone advised, "If you have the worst headache you've ever had, go to the hospital because by the time you get to the hospital, you're as far gone as you wanna be."
Please be safe! Read and bookmark this article -- When to See a Doctor for a Migraine or Headache.
August 14, 2008:
If you're experiencing Migraines at work,
check to see if the lighting is a trigger for you.
- Glare on computer screens from any overhead lighting
- Glare from overhead incandescent lighting
- Flicker from fluorescent lighting
Take a look at: Migraines at Work? Check the Lighting for more information.
August 13, 2008:
Comfort is important when battling a Migraine.
Do a little nesting and make a room "friendly."
We have a guide to help you with this task:
Make Your Home Friendly During a Migraine
A look at ways to make our homes more friendly toward us when we have a Migraine or headache.
August 11, 2008:
To achieve the best results, we must take charge of our health
and work as partners with our doctors.
Here are some tools for you:
- Quiz: Is Your Doctor Right For You?
- Migraineur's Guide To a Successful Doctor's Appointment
- Patients As Consumers - Managing HealthCare and the HealthCare Team
August 8, 2008:
There are four possible phases of a Migraine attack...
prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome.
Learn more about the phases and their symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine.
August 7, 2008:
Dehydration can be a major Migraine trigger...
AND it's avoidable!
For more information about Migraine and dehydration, take a look at Dehydration - an Avoidable Migraine Trigger.
© Teri Robert, 2008