Yes, the title of this post, “Migraines and Headaches in Washington, D.C.,” is a deliberate pun. Politics make me a bit crazy, but I’m not talking about politics today. As you read this, I’m in Washington, not to lobby, but to learn more about migraine disease, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders at the American Headache Society’s annual scientific meeting.
Twice a year, I’m fortunate enough to attend American Headache Society conferences for continuing education along with hundreds of migraine and headache specialists, including our own Dr. David Watson. When I get home, you can expect to see a series of posts based on what I learned.
From the conference syllabus, I’m truly excited about many of the topics, including:
- neurostimulators for migraine and headache,
- the Brain on Stress,
- management of medication overuse,
- advances in migraine research,
- genetics of migraine in children,
- under-diagnosis of migraine in children, and
- lots more.
Jessica LynchOn Sunday, June 21, I’ll be at the American Headache and Migraine Association’s (AHMA) third annual conference for patients as well as their families and friends. It’s going to be a great day full of educational sessions, plus time to meet and get to know some of my fellow patients whom I’ve never met in person before. To add to the excitement, the keynote speaker is former POW Jessica Lynch, who is also a migraineur. The educational sessions include:
- The Oversensitive Brain, presented by Dr. Todd Schwedt;
- Medication Overuse Headache, presented by Dr. Larry Charles, IV;
- Patient Involvement in Research, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Loder;
- What Everyone Should Know About Cluster Headache, presented by Dr. Brian McGeeney; and
- Building Productive Patient/Doctor Partnerships, presented by Dr. David Watson.
There’s still time to register for the AHMA conference, and if you’re in the D.C. area, you can register on-site the morning of the conference. For more information, see the conference web page.
_Please join us for the 2015 AHMA Patient Conference on June 21, 2015. _
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.