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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cluster headache

Ainslie Course experienced her first cluster headache when she was only 19. She was awakened from sleep by intense head pain at 2am. The pain was violent. Personally violent. Restless and sweating. She thought she was dying, sure she had a tumor or that her brain was bleeding. For an hour and a half, she…

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migraine management

I like sunny days because when the sun hides behind the clouds or fog, my troubles begin. A day without the sun is an inevitable migraine trigger for me. My Home, My Family So when my husband declared his love for San Francisco and his desire to buy a home in the city, I couldn’t…

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migraine at work

Are you starting a new job or possibly embarking on a new career? Any beginning can cause anxiety. Remember the first day of high school? But what if your emotional roller coaster is influenced by migraine disease? You are justifiably anxious about how your migraine episodes will impact your employment. Should you stay mute about…

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CGRP

I suffer from chronic intractable migraine without aura. That means that my migraine attacks are sudden, without any warning and without stop. At its worst, my migraine was years long. Yes, you read that right. Years. My pain, on that overused scale we all know and loathe, was a 10/10, with my 10 climbing steadily…

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MHAM events

Each June, the headache, migraine and cluster community works together to recognize and celebrate National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). It is our chance to raise awareness, address stigma and build a stronger community of advocates. This year’s theme is “A New Era of Care.”  We are truly in a new era of care.…

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volunteering

Migraine doesn’t define me, but it’s had a larger than desired impact on my life. More than once in my career, I thought work was the problem. After 15 years with one employer, I changed to a new company. Migraine followed me down the road to the next office. After several years of increasing migraine…

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disparities in migraine

I have been living with migraine disease for more than 25 years. My disease went from episodic migraine to my current diagnosis of intractable chronic migraine. I had one young child when my migraine attacks began, and I now have three adult children and a grandchild. I went from working two jobs at the time…

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migraine awareness

This past year, many were removed from our local communities and forced to find virtual ways to connect with people. The plus side is we’ve connected with people from around the world. As restrictions start to ease, it’s time to think about how we can once again get involved in our local communities.  Raising migraine…

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chronic migraine journey

Migraine has stolen so much from us — friendships, family events and jobs. Migraine has no limits. At the beginning of our chronic migraine journey, we were young with high ambitions and felt indestructible. We worked long hours and were too busy to slow down for ourselves. We ignored our bodies and even avoided taking…

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