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Headache Blog Buzz

These posts from other headache bloggers have caught my eye recently.

Grief
Terri of Wind Lost has written a beautiful post about grief. I’m not posting an excerpt here because the photo that accompanies the post is vital to what she’s written.

Have You Tried _______ Treatment?
When someone first learns that I have migraine, they always ask, “Have you tried [insert amazing treatment that that person’s neighbor’s daugther had great success with]?” Chiropractic care pops up most often, but hypnosis is also on the list. On Headaches and Movies Laura describes her visit to a hypnotherapist.

“My Pain is Worse Than Yours”
Artin’s co-workers have been trying to one-up him on their medical troubles. I don’t know what other ailments, but what he describes as “red-hot-railroad-spike-through-to-my-frontal-lobe discomfort” sounds pretty bad to me.

So many headache blogs are up now that I usually only get to skim them and I miss a lot. If you’ve written a post that you think The Daily Headache readers would enjoy, e-mail me about it. And if you’re a new blogger that’s not listed on my blogroll, let me know about it and I’ll add your blog.

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Headache & Migraine Blogs

Blogging about headache is awesome. It’s cathartic, social, educational and helpful for others. Enough blogs have popped up in the last few months that we’re building a nice community. If you’ve thought about joining us, you can set up a free account on Blogger. It’s easy to use and has a lot of templates.

My plan was to summarize all the blogs and some of their posts, but that’s been on my list for months and keeps not happening. Instead, here’s a list of them all. It’s basically in descending order of how much each blogger posts. As soon as I learn about a new blog, I add it to my blogroll, so you can always check there for fresh perspectives.

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I’m a Babe!

A ChronicBabe, that is. The latest LadyBlogger profile is a Q&A with yours truly. You can also learn more about fellow headache patient Tracy Young, from Moogle’s Thoughts, who was a featured LadyBlogger in December.

Digging around for photos to go with the profile, I was reminded of how active and joyful I’m still able to be. The picture of me rappelling into a cave is definitely one of my visual representations of hope. It shows not only a triumph over illness, but a triumph over my inner chicken.

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Credibility of Medical Blogs (including The Daily Headache)

Can you trust medical blogs? Clinical Cases and Images describes an initiative among medical bloggers to establish the credibility of their blogs. Using a variation of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine‘s 10 questions to ask when evaluating online medical sources.

Although I’ve never thought of myself as a medical blogger, I suppose I am. So here’s my disclosure.

1. Who runs this site?
Me, a patient

2. Who pays for the site?
Me, with a little help from Google ads and Amazon sales

3. What is the purpose of the site?
To create a supportive community of people with headache; and to help people with headache know that they aren’t alone, be informed on current headache- and pain-related news, and be more involved in their own medical care

4. Where does the information come from?
News sources like the New York Times, Medical News Today and Reuters; other medical blogs; research and articles from headache organizations, like ACHE and the National Headache Foundation

5. What is the basis of the information?
I’m a long-time migraine and CDH patient with a background in writing, teaching and social science, which helps me evaluate, understand and share information

6. How is the information selected?
What’s in the news, on blogs or a hot topic on a forum; headache books and articles; my own experiences

7. How current is the information?
I try to post every weekday, usually in relation to topics that are typically no more than a week old. When I find old articles that are interesting, I check for updated information on the topic.

8. How does the site choose links to other sites?
I share the source of inspiration or information, typically other blogs and only link to sites that I’ve evaluated as credible. The only time I link to sites that I don’t know much about, it is to link to a news story that’s no longer available in a wider arena, like Google or Yahoo news or Reuters.

9. What information about [visitors] does the site collect, and why?
I collect site statistics through Site Meter and StatCounter. My primary goal is to see how many people visit the site and what sites refer visitors to me. I also look at what search terms people use to find the site and what other sites their search pulled up — I use this information to make sure I’m covering topics that are relevant to readers.

Through the statistic sites, I’m able to access IP addresses of readers and locations of visitors. I sometimes look at IP addresses to see if major companies visit the site (like drug companies) and where visitors come from so I can be sure the information is geographically relevant.

But, honestly, I rarely look beyond the visitor numbers, referral sites and search terms.

10. How does the site manage interactions with visitors?
I respond to e-mail in as timely of a manner as I can manage. I respond to comments unless they don’t need a reply. Sometimes I reply via e-mail, sometimes directly in the comments. I delete comments that are obviously irrelevant spam.

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Migraine Blog Roundup

Lots of migraine bloggers have been posting recently and the pieces are thoughtful, informative and touching. Here are just a few. Many of these blogs have newer posts than these and there are some blogs I couldn’t get to, but are always listed in the sidebar, so be sure to explore.