How Step Therapy Impacted My Life with Migraine

Living with chronic migraine is frustrating on its own. It’s downright infuriating when your plan of care is interrupted by an insurance provider. Step Therapy / Fail First Two summers ago, I was forced to stop my plan of care. It began when my neurologist left his practice. It took me three months to see…

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New Migraine Treatments: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Beginning a new migraine treatment can be a roller coaster ride. All at once, you may feel hopeful for relief, nervous that the treatment won’t work, and fearful of what new and/or intolerable side effects may come along for the ride. It can be a challenging time! Here are three things to keep in mind…

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New and Emerging Migraine Medications

Migraine Medications

I find this to be the most interesting time of year for me to be writing this particular article. This is because of the spring flowers blooming outside right now. The flowers have special meaning to me when it comes to discussing long-awaited migraine medications. But I am getting ahead of myself… I wonder how…

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Chronic Migraine Awareness Day

chronic migraine

Every June marks Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc. (CMA) spreads the call to action by distributing printed material, pens, bracelets, coloring books, magnets and pins. We also proudly wear our t-shirts, pins, bracelets and wave our rally flags with our mascot on it. These simple, but fun things draw people to…

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Combination Therapy for Migraine & Headache: What’s in your toolbox?

Combination Therapy

The Migraine Combination Therapy Toolbox The complexity of migraine and headache diseases makes them hard to treat. With no cure, patients need to pursue management. There are many different tools people can add to their combination therapy toolbox. Preventative medication is recommended if a person has 4 or more headache days per month; attacks significantly interfere…

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Opening Up About Migraine

I have lived with migraine disease for more than 40 years; yet, it’s only recently that I’m beginning to be truly open about it, both personally and now publicly. Most people who know me know that I “get migraines,” but only those in my close circles know that I have migraine. There is a big…

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Nerve Blocks for Migraine

I have lived with episodic migraine since puberty. However, after an accident six years ago, I have chronic intractable migraine disease. I’ve tried numerous migraine abortive options to try and break an acute attack — including different therapeutic drug classes (e.g., triptans, gepants, ditans, NSAIDs, dihydroergotamine and more) and modes of administration (e.g., pills, intranasal…

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What the Migraine Community Means to Me

migraine community

In 2009, I reluctantly joined Facebook. I had no idea how it would change my life and the lives of so many I had never met. In fact, it was a life saver. Looking for a Migraine Community I was diagnosed with chronic migraine in 2003 and started searching for information on a number of…

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New Era for All: Developments in Headache Treatment 

As the 2021 MHAM theme focuses on A New Era of Care, it’s important that we recognize what is taking place for all headache diseases. There is lots of attention on new and emerging treatments for migraine — and we’re happy for that! — but we’d also like to acknowledge the innovations and research for…

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Migraine in a Time of Coronavirus


I wake up naturally these days and have time for coffee on the porch. I can listen to the birds, watch the breeze set the trees to swaying and dancing, muse and wonder about the day ahead. Unscheduled time is a gift for those with chronic migraine. We don’t have to pretend, answer uninformed questions,…

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