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New chronic migraine group is welcoming members

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Chronic migraines are a debilitating illness that every person experiences differently as there are eight different types of migraines at this time. How a person with chronic migraines can work through issues on a daily basis is at times quite difficult and sometimes impossible. Every migraine patient experiences chronic pain (CP) during each episode. What one CP patient may experience during his or her migraine will be quite different from another CP patient. The differences could involve what type migraine to the migraine intensity, the location of migraine, to even the migraine length of time. All the above is what make each CP migraine patient special, unique, and someone who needs to be understood.

It is these special times when special groups are formed to give the support to others that are hurting and just need somewhere they can feel safe and cared for like a second family. A group called “The Head of Migraine” has been created to provide that safe haven for anyone seeking information about migraines, wanting to share information about migraines, or looking for others who can and will understand the chronic migraine pain experience.

If you would like to join the closed group and freely discuss your personal migraine journey with others you can visit the Facebook website, look up the group The Head of Migraine and request to join. In the section mention please mention where you had seen the link or the article. We look forward to having you join our family. Again, this is a closed group and anything said stays within this group.

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Time to put a stop to decibel noise

I do not have an issue with boom boxes, stereos, etc. But where I draw the line is when they become a daily disturbance to what I need to do in my home on a daily basis. I work from home to make a living and pay my bills. I am a disabled person and I do not have the ability to work outside of the house like those who can drive and have the privilege to get a driver’s license.

With that being said, I have to rely on my skills and my computer to do my job. What I am starting to hear a lot of within the neighborhood are persons who do not seem to think about those outside of the home and/or building they are in when playing a radio or sub-woofer. Prime example, I am inside my home and I am effected by the bass sound of music taking coming out of them. The noise causes a disturbance for my type of working with clients as I need to be on the phone frequently and it also causes the disturbance to just think clearly.

I have found a decibel article that discuss this matter and it discusses how low bass tones can actually cause serious headaches; I have to wonder if that is why I am starting to have migraines more often. I feel decibel range and the damage it can cause needs to be made more public especially in the health news so everyone is more aware of the damage that can be caused to the human ear drum.

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Identifying chronic migraine pain

What types of headaches are there?

There are three types of headaches, which must be addressed we have the typical headache, the tension headache and the chronic migraine. The first type tends to take place for many reasons from not getting enough sleep to coming down with
cold symptoms. The tension headaches will occur when a person becomes stressed over certain issues causing them to be overwhelmed about the situation. The chronic migraine headache is actually one of the most common types.

Identifying chronic migraine pain

Note: this article was originally written June 8, 2013.

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Chronic Migraine Pain Management

Chronic Migraine Pain Management

Article and graphic by Sue Elvins
June 8, 2013

Are there categories for prescription migraine medications on the market?
Because there are many chronic migraine types including the patient themselves, specific classes of migraine prescription medication are available to match a patient’s need as closely as possible. For example, the Mayo Clinic provides a well-defined list in which medications are placed. There are two medication categories in where these types have been placed: 1) pain relieving medication or 2) preventative medication. Within the category of pain relieving medication, we have a variety of options for medical doctors to choose from to help manage pain management such as pain relievers, triptans, ergot, anti-nausea, opiates, and dexamethasone. Within the category of preventative medication, there are beta-blockers, antidepressants, specific types of anti-seizure medications, one antihistamine drug,
and Botox.

What is the difference between pain relieving and preventative medication types?
There is a large difference between pain and prevention especially in the area of chronic migraine treatment. First, this disability is quite different from one patient to the next so not all medication will have the same effect. Secondly, each patient has various migraine types so there are some persons who can benefit with pain medication whereas others will benefit more appropriately with a preventative and there are persons who will benefit with a combination of using both types. The reason for this category difference is to allow differences to be made in how each medication can help a patient with the various symptoms that may take place when a migraine takes place. Medications work differently
for each symptom so it is important to keep in mind that even though one type medication works well
for one patient it may not provide relief for another.

Conclusion
Pain management can be difficult for chronic migraine patients but there is hope as technology has discovered something can be done for migraine surgery to cure patients unable to find relief by use of traditional therapy and

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medication. Because patients are unique, some patients may not be considered for obtaining this type of surgery. It is a matter of going through the stages of medication and other migraine treatments first then further being tested for this particular type of surgery before anything will take place.  In essence, there are fantastic doctors who provide caring treatment with simple pain management plans to patients so they can be the best person possible on a daily basis while managing life with chronic migraines.

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Chronic migraines do happen in our youngest patients

Chronic migraines do happen in our youngest patients

Article by Sue Elvins
June 13, 2013

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, it is common for someone to have their first migraine before turning 12-years of age. Statistics show 10% of children who are old enough to attend school can experience migraines. Another interesting factor is the male gender can have a higher amount of migraines more than the female gender before reaching the puberty stage.

The Migraine Research Foundation points out chronic migraines are quite difficult to be recognized in children because of the symptoms that follow along with them. For example, in most cases, a chronic migraine will have nausea and anxiety. In the journal of Pediatric Migraine, Dr. Donald W. Lewis spoke of migraines in children and as to how they are treated.  According to Dr. Lewis, “Accurate diagnosis and aggressive treatment interventions during childhood and adolescence are essential to prevent the decades of suffering and diminished quality of life that are directly attributable to migraine.” (Lewis, 2009) Lewis does clearly make the point it is difficult to diagnose migraines in children due to the challenges that must be dealt with.

A perfect example Dr. Lewis provided was something that could look similar to the migraine but is actually not. Those types of items add more difficulty when building a patient case study and attempting to make everything perfect. Upon research of the children migraines, it is discovered there are similarities and differences between them and the adult-type migraines. An interesting point Dr. Lewis did speak on is that children do have difficulty in describing his or her feelings accurately when being asked about migraine pain.  According to Lewis, a specific migraine classification is considered for children and adolescents. The Figure A migraine chart shows a visual of children migraine types and the migraine symptoms that take place with each type of migraine. Keep in mind even though children and adults may have similarities in some areas of chronic migraines, there are differences in others.

A bizarre term called “Alice in Wonderland” is given to the symptoms children feel when experiencing auras prior to experiencing a migraine. The reason for this term is to express the various hallucinations a patient can experience prior to a migraine. During the continuous research, each migraine has various trigger formations and it is being discovered each migraine class can be closely related. Furthermore, each migraine can has different triggers and different symptoms just as each patient is unique.

Something to be aware of is symptoms listed are carried from the journal notes of Dr. Lewis, thus every patient will vary. With that being said, further studies have proven more patients are experiencing new symptoms take place so it is important to keep in touch with your family doctor and migraine specialist to ensure the best health care possible.

Figure A Migraine Chart

Children Migraines

Children Migraines

References

Lewis, D. W. (2009). Pediatric migraineNeurologic clinics27(2), 481-501

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