Last week was a busy one for patients with migraine and other headache disorders and neurologists. The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy held their eighth annual Headache on the Hill event, and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) held their annual conference in Washington, D.C.
During Headache on the Hill, concerned patients and health care professionals meet in Washington, D.C. first for a briefing session during which we discuss our "asks" for the current year. "Asks" are the issues we're going to ask our Senators and members of the House to support. Appointments are made for us in advance, and the morning after the briefing, we hit the Hill to call on the Senators for our state and member of the House for our district. We often meet with health legislative assistants rather than the Senators and House members themselves. We explain the asks, answer any questions that may come up, and leave printed materials regarding the year's asks. Here's a photo of some of this year's participants:
Professional society conferences are often continuing education events for their members, and that was the case with the AAN conference. One of this year's presenters was Dr. Stephanie Nahas, a migraine and headache specialist from the Jefferson Headache Center. She discussed some key issues about treating migraine, cluster headaches, and other disorders. She was interviewed later and discussed some of the key points from her presentation. The interview is remarkably interesting, so I want to share the video with you:
Treating Headaches Goes Beyond the Average Pain Reliever Part 1:
Treating Headaches Goes Beyond the Average Pain Reliever Part 2: