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Using Brain Scan to Control Pain

In July, NPR did a story on a type of MRI of the brain that shows nerve activation when a person is in pain. The link to the study abstract didn't work, so I removed it in yesterday's housekeeping. Coincidentally, the study made news again this week when the results were published in Proceedings of...

Who’s in Control, Migraine or Me?

I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up this morning to discover that I felt pretty good. Once upon a time, I would have lazed in bed, planning for everything I would do during the day. After repeatedly getting up to start the wonderful day I'd mapped out only to get a migraine within 15 minutes...

Why, Hello There!

Along with the Seattle sunshine, I'm rejoining the world after a long hibernation. It was another terrible spring for nausea, but my migraines and headaches have been relatively mild. (More on that in a moment.) Whenever I have felt decent, I've been getting ready to sell our house and move to...

Managing Your Period to Manage Migraine

Lybrel, a continuous birth control pill that stops menstruation recently approved by the FDA, may help prevent menstrually associated migraines for some women. Hormonal birth control is often used as a migraine preventive. Many doctors prescribe that patients replace the sugar pills with active...

Misery and Maybe Menstrual Migraines

"I'm about to get out of the bathtub, but I'm not sure if I can stand up. If I can I'll come pick you up. Let me call you back in a couple minutes." That was my end of the conversation when Hart asked me to pick him up from work yesterday -- which was the second day of a horrendous migraine. It was...