Ellen Schnakenberg

Patient Expert

Ellen wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for migraine.

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Realizing an Impossible Vacation

Realizing an Impossible Vacation

If you have frequent or chronic migraine, you know already that it takes an act of Congress to make a real vacation happen. Without sincere determination, it’s not going to happen. Determination — the real hearty stuff — is tough, so this post is goi...

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Watching Over Me

Day 22 of our blog challenge appreciates loved ones who take care of others.

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Migraine Medication - Promethazine Recall

Many migraine patients have been prescribed promethazine to help during their migraine attacks, but those who have recently received bottles of this drug need to check them to be sure they aren’t involved in a voluntary recall.

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FDA Warning on Epidural Injections

These corticosteroid injections used for migraine treatment may be harmful for some people. Here’s what you should know.

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DHE Injection Shortage

The Migraine medication DHE 1mg, 1ml ampules for injection are in extremely short supply. Three labs that manufacture this Migraine medication are currently backordered, causing patients dependent on this abortive medicine to worry about and struggle ...

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Love with Migraines and Headaches - February Blog Carnival

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day again - that special time when Migraineurs are reminded of the challenges and rewards of love and relationships despite our disease. With that in mind, I want to be sure and readers about the February Migraine and Headache ...

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Migraine Term of the Day - Interictal

What does the term interictal mean, on it’s own and when applied to Migraines and headaches? When we’re looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it’s from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms t...

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Migraine Meds - The Difference Between Allergies and Reactions

Migraine patients often end up needing to try multiple medications to _manage their conditions _. The more medications patients try, the more likely they will eventually suffer some type of an adverse reaction. Understanding what type of reaction has ...

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Migraine - Never Again

There have been at least three losses this summer in which Migraine patients made a decision that ended their lives. When talking about this, I’ve seen / heard the surprise and sadness of doctors and specialists. That got me thinking. In the face of ...

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Dealing with Migraine Anger

As a Migraine patient, I have become very sensitive about how people react to my disease and the attacks I live with each day. This means I can’t always trust my gut reactions anymore. I have to think twice and double check my own reactions to be sur...