Articles about migraine

How can neck pain be a protector for migraine attacks?
Q&A with Alec Mian, PhD, CEO and Founder of Curelator Inc. and user Helen Power Alec: Helen Power is one of the initial users of Curelator Headache and has the distinction of being the first in a group of users where neck pain surprisingly turned up as a protector. Helen: When you first interviewed me months ago, I was definitely puzzled to see neck pain on my Protector Map™! Did anyone else have neck pain as a protector on their maps? Alec: Neck pain is commonly thought to be a warning sign or a symptom of a migraine attack. So far, and it is early days, we have found seven other users who have neck pain as a protector on their maps. I've interviewed a couple of them and their responses were similar to yours Helen. When people get neck pain, they may do a variety of things - apply a heat pad, lie down, stretch. Therefore, all of these things become associated with that person's neck pain. So my first question to anyone with an unexpected protector or trigger is, "What things were you doing when you recorded that factor?" That's why, in our initial interview I asked, "What do you do when you get neck pain?"
A tale of two drugs: wheat mold, hippies and headaches
An interesting best-of-times-worst-of-times story related to migraine treatment can be found in a humble wheat mold, called ergot. Early last century pharmaceutical companies got interested in ergot and took two dramatically different roads in their attempt to develop drugs based on the effects of the mold. One road led to the development of a drug with great social effect, seemed to work for everybody, made very little money and was eventually deemed illegal. Ironically, the other drug remained legal, made a great deal of money and had highly variable efficacy. You may have taken one and possibly both of these drugs in your lifetime.
Q&A with Sharron Murray and Alec Mian
We were fortunate to have Sharron Murray as one of our first Curelator Headache users. We were introduced to one another by Dawn Buse, PhD, one of America’s leading clinical psychologists and Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in New York. We were very interested to have Sharron try Curelator Headache because of the phenomenal success of her five year journey to track her triggers and reduce her chronic migraine attacks by 90%. Sharron is a registered nurse by profession and the author of a respected book about migraine triggers: Migraine: Identify Your Triggers, Break Dependence on Medication, Take Back Your Life: An Integrative Self-Care Plan for Wellness. When Sharron received her trigger and protector maps, they largely confirmed the factors that she suspected were influencing her attacks.
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