Migraines: Yes, We Can!
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Hello and welcome to MigraineCast.
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.
No, I'm not telling you it's easy, but I am telling you that it's possible for 95% of us. That's great odds! Maybe you need the patience of a saint. Maybe you need to get angry and stubborn. Whatever works for you to get you motivated and help you hang on while working with your doctor to refine a preventive regimen that works for you and find abortives that stop the Migraines you do get. For me, it was getting totally ticked off. I fired the doctor 90 minutes from my home and made an appointment with a specialist 8 hours from my home. Together, we took my Migraines from an average of five severe Migraines a week to one manageable Migraine about every two months.
Let me outline the elements of Migraine management for you:
- Diagnosis and finding the right doctor to work with.
- Trigger identification and management. Some triggers can be avoided, IF you know what they are. Keeping a Migraine diary can help you identify triggers.
- Preventive medications if you have three or more Migraines a month.
- Abortive medications. These are the medications such as triptans -- Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc. -- ergotamines -- Migranal and DHE -- and Midrin.
- Rescue medications. These are the medications used if abortive medications fail or, if for some reason, you can't use abortives. They are usually pain medications.
As our country enters a new era, let's enter a new personal era. An era of saying, "Yes, we can!" when it comes to taking control of our Migraines. It's not necessarily east, but it's doable. Yes, we can!
Please join us at MyMigraineConnection.com for information and support or for a transcript of this podcast. From MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network, this is Teri Robert reminding you that you can live well with Migraine disease and headaches.