Wednesday, June 21, 2006

migraine news roundup 2

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A Times (UK) article about a promising new treatment for migraine, Neuralieve, which uses a single dose of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to abort a migraine:

Zapper brings hope to migraine sufferers

The device, which is activated by a switch, sends a strong electric current through a metal coil, creating an intense magnetic field for about one millisecond. When held against a person’s head, this magnetic pulse creates an electric current in the neurons that blocks the aura before the onset of a throbbing headache.

How cool would that be? An effective drug-free treatment like this would be a godsend.

If you are taking antidepressants and have trouble sleeping, there may be a connection:

Antidepressants May Boost Sleep Disorder

A fantastic opinion piece about proper treatment of pain:

Chronic Pain: In Defence Of Morphine

Increasing awareness among migraineuers of rebound headaches is incredibly important. However, it ticks me off when people, especially doctors, oversimplify what life is like when you have chronic pain and a condition that makes you hurt more when you try to treat the pain.

When pain meds make pain worse

Patients need to understand that drugs are not the only way to alleviate headaches, and that they will probably have to tolerate some level of pain.

I'm already tolerating pain. A lot of it. thankyouverymuch

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