Nancy Harris Bonk

Patient Expert

Nancy wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Migraine.

Latest by Nancy Harris Bonk

Migraine, DESI Medications, and Medicare

At the end of last year when I went to refill Midrin, the only Migraine abortive medication that works for me, I received quite a surprise. The new health insurance plan I switched to, a Medicare advantage plan, did not cover it. I made this switch d...

Medication Profile - Zonegran Off-Label Use for Migraine

There’s a wide variety of medications used for Migraine, most of which are prescribed off-label. If Zonegran (zonisamide) has been prescribed for you, or if you and your doctor have been considering it, here’s some information that should be helpful. ...

Migraines and Famous Migraineurs: Simon Cowell

Whether we like it or not, there is a strong stigma surrounding Migraine. In fact, there is more stigma attached to Migraine then there is to epilepsy. Teri explained this in a recent study she wrote about in this article; Migraine Incurs More Stigma ...

Devasting Effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

As the numbers of current and former National Football League (NFL) players commit violent acts on others and/or take their own lives continues to rise, we just received word that 43-year-old Junior Seau, a 20-year veteran of the NFL had chronic trau...

An Uncommon Occurrence of Concussion - Hillary Clinton

Some of you may be wondering what the relationship is between Mrs. Clinton’s recent concussion and Migraine. We know during a Migraine attack, some of us experience dizziness. Many people also get dizzy when they have the flu, a stomach virus or even ...

Migraines and Famous Migraineurs: Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, an author, feminist and publisher was plagued by mental illness and Migraines throughout her life but was fortunate to be raised by an unconventional family who cared for and tolerated her lengthy periods of illness. Adeline Virginia ...

Regression Therapy for Migraine - Valid Treatment?

Migraine pain is at times so debilitating those living with it will do almost anything to get rid of it. I realized just how desperate some people with Migraine become when I read the headline, "Doc cured my migraines by taking me back to a past ...

Medication Profile - Lamictal Off-Label Use for Migraine

There’s a wide variety of medications used for Migraine, most of which are prescribed off-label. If Lamictal (lamotrigine) has been prescribed for you, or if you and your doctor have been considering it, here’s some information that should be helpful...

Medication Profile - Clonazepam (Klonopin) Off-Label Use for Migraine

Clonazepam (Klonopin) is classified in a group of medications called benzodiazepines. It controls the chemicals in the brain that may become disturbed and set off anxiety. It’s also used to treat seizure disorders, panic disorders and other condition...

Medication Profile - Cyproheptadine (Periactin) Off-Label Use for Migraine

There’s a wide variety of medications used for Migraine, most of which are prescribed off-label. If cyproheptadine (Periactin) has been prescribed for you, or if you and your doctor have been considering it, here’s some information that should be hel...