• stethoscope and pen on top of a schedule for a headache specialist
    Chronic Migraine,  Episodic Migraine,  Migraine,  Science/Research

    Finding A Headache Specialist Or These 5 Best Options

    ‘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.

  • 20 Questions to Ask Your Headache Specialist #migraine #headache
    Medication,  Migraine,  The Treatment Pie

    20 Questions to Ask Your Specialist

    When we finally get an appointment to see a headache specialist or a neurologist, it is important to be as prepared as possible. We may have had to wait months for this appointment. Using that time to gather the necessary information to make the appointment as productive as possible is essential. Make sure that you know your migraine and your history well enough to communicate the information to the doctor. While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in migraine treatments, this is not medical advice. We are patient educators and all information you read should be discussed with your doctor. Use a headache diary I like Migraine Buddy because it…

  • Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    Rebound FAQ’s

    While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in migraine treatments, this is not medical advice. We are patient educators and all information you read should be discussed with your doctor. What prescribed meds contribute to rebound? Simple analgesics – Prescribed NSAIDs (i.e. indomethacin, naproxen) Combination pain relievers (i.e. Fioricet) Triptans (i.e. sumatriptan, rizatriptan) and ergotamine medications (i.e. DHE) Opioids (i.e. tramadol, hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone) What over-the-counter meds cause rebound? Simple analgesics – NSAIDs (i.e ibuprofen, naproxen) acetaminophen, aspirin Combination pain relievers (i.e. Excedrin Migraine, Excedrin, Goody’s Headache Powder) Does Aleve cause rebound? How about Tylenol? Yes, for both medications.  They are simple analgesics. Why would my doctor prescribe meds that…

  • 6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches #MedicationOveruse #Migraine
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches

    If you are reading this, you suspect or know that you are in rebound and are considering what it might take to escape rebound headaches. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. The process is miserable. If you are in rebound, many attempted treatments may not work to get migraine under control. So, educate yourself about what to expect and how to optimize the process so you can get prepared and find your motivation. You are not alone in this. Many of us have been in a terrible rebound cycle at least once. The good news is that there is a good chance you will go back to your baseline, episodic frequency once you are ‘on the…