Migraine personality? I thought this was the 21st century.

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • "You have Migraines? They're all in your head? It's that type A personality of yours..." Need I say more to let you know where this is going? I think not. There used to be considerable conversation about the "Migraine personality."

    That was before advances in imaging technology, genetic research, and other progress that allowed scientists to identify Migraine as a genetic neurological disease with physiological (not psychological) triggers. We were so happy when that nonsense was put to rest. It always reminded me of some of the more barbaric and desperate measures employed to relive Migraine centuries ago. Thus the image here of a trepanned skull. Thousands of years ago, holes were actually drilled in the skull to relieve head pain. Yikes!
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    Unfortunately, thanks to some so-called researchers in Italy, this inane theory has raised its ugly head again. I'm not even going to go into it more, but I do highly recommend that you pay a visit to another blog and read a bit more. My friend Kerrie has a discussion going on this at The Daily Headache. Please take a look at her entry A "Migraine Personality"?
    The image of the trepanned skull is from:
    "Atlas of Migraine and Other Headaches" Second Edition
    Edited by Stephen D. Silberstein, M. Alan Stiles, and William B. Young

    The editors' comments on this image: "Trepanned skull, approximately 3,000 years old. Of course, we do not know why this individual had trepanation. He did, however, survive long enough (this is 1000 BC) to generate new bone growth at the margin of the trepanned hole. Reproduced with the kind permission of John Edmeads."

    This image is reproduced here with the kind permission of Dr. Stephen D. Silberstein. Thank you, Dr. S.!

    Here's a larger version so you can see the detail better:

Published On: March 04, 2007