‘You really need to see a headache specialist!’ If you've had chronic migraine for any length of time, you've heard some version of this. It’s a true statement. However, when the number of headache specialists in the United States is a whopping 707 to treat approximately four million chronic migraine patients…scheduling to see one of these specialists can feel like scoring slightly better odds than spotting a unicorn.
The best pillow for migraine is an often debated topic online. And with good reason. With many of us finding ourselves in bed to weather the storm of a migraine attack, we need a comfortable and supportive pillow. However, as we are all unicorns, there doesn’t appear to be one best pillow for migraine. We have compiled some recommendations from our private Facebook group and through personal research on the topic. The list below contains the current recommendations from our community.
The Allay Desk Light is here! A year ago we were trialing the just introduced Allay Lamp, which has a narrow band of green light that is helpful for treating migraine. We have enjoyed using the Allay Lamp over the past year! It has helped reduce our overall pain and migraine light sensitivity and we found it can be extremely helpful in reducing nausea and vestibular migraine symptoms. This year they have come out with the new Allay Desk Light. The Migraine Strong team received complimentary Allay Desk Lights in exchange for our honest review. There are so many features that we love about this sleek new light. It has…
The Bucket Theory is talked about frequently in our private Facebook group. We use it to explain exactly how things on the migraine triggers list can go about triggering migraine attacks. The theory developed out of a desire to explain the complications involved in identifying personal triggers on the migraine triggers list. Especially the triggers that might trigger us one week and not the next. Sound familiar?
Ginger for migraine first showed up on our radar in 2016 during the first annual Migraine World Summit. Dr. Michael Greger told us about a double-blinded randomized clinical study where ginger and sumatriptan were tested side by side. We were more than surprised to learn that ginger for migraine was found to be as effective as the powerful migraine medication. The study took 100 patients and divided them into two groups. They were randomly assigned to receive either a 250mg capsule of powdered ginger rhizome or 50mg tablet of sumatriptan. The patients were evaluated over the course of a month to measure how they responded to the medication they were…
Timolol eye drops for migraine is a big topic of conversation in our private Facebook group. Why would glaucoma eye drops be so interesting to people with migraine? A couple of small studies have shown Timolol maleate ophthalmic drops (0.5% solution) to be effective for treating acute migraine attacks. This article will explore how timolol for migraine and vestibular migraine can be an effective and less expensive option for treating attacks. The goal is to give you information to evaluate if Timolol maleate eye drops 0.5% ophthalmic solution is an appropriate treatment to discuss with your doctor.
What is the difference between sinus headache, sinus migraine and migraine headache? As it turns out, not much. Your sinus headache is very likely migraine. The location of the pain, as well as some common symptoms between sinus headache vs. migraine, seems to be the main reason for misdiagnosis by patients as well as primary care doctors.
Migraine aura can be a visual symptom that accompanies a migraine attack. Maybe you have heard of scintillating scotoma? Perhaps you heard of this term for migraine aura while you were browsing a website, or maybe your doctor mentioned it to you. What is it? What does it look like? Can it cause permanent vision loss? Is it an ocular migraine? If you are looking for answers to questions like these, you have come to the right place. Let’s dive into it.
There are many different types of migraine or headache disorders. The list of different types of migraine and headache disorders is below with their typical symptoms as well. Because many of them overlap, or for the overachievers who have multiple different types of headache, it’s best to get diagnosed by a headache specialist.
When Allay gifted me their green light for migraine to review six months ago, I didn’t think it would become one of my favorite tools in my toolkit. In these past months, I have been successfully using it as a preventive and abortive treatment. When I first wrote about the Allay Lamp, I explained how the narrow band of green light in the lamp worked. It was a novel item I had added to my migraine toolkit. But it has been six months now and my love of the Allay Lamp is still going strong. I thought I would write an update on how the lamp and I have been doing.…