CGRP Antagonist based Migraine Treatment making noise at AHS 2014

The CGRP or Calcitonin gene-related Peptide exists in two forms α-CGRP and β-CGRP both function similarly, but the difference is thus far indistinguishable besides the fact that the β peptide differs by a mere three aminos acids from it’s 37 amino acid brother peptide α. CGRP receptors are found throughout the body, suggesting that the…

The NIH, Funding Problems, and Advocacy Blunders

  The National Institute of Health or as many know it the infamous NIH supposedly spends over $30 billion dollars a year on research of health issues in the United States. (http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx)Where is it all going? Vasculitis isn’t even on that list and neuropathy gets more research than migraines which are far more disabling in…

A migraine may change your brain

Originally posted on The Chart:
Some 37 million Americans suffer from migraines, those incredibly painful and often debilitating headaches. While they’ve been known to knock a person out, migraines weren’t thought to permanently affect the brain — until now.  A new study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology suggests migraines may indeed leave a mark. “Our review and meta-analysis study suggests that the…

Some Information I Dug up on the Procedure I’m Having: Combined Occipital and Supraorbital Stimulation or Only ONS?

This is a small quote specifically addressing chronic migraine from a portion of a paper by: Neurostimulation for Primary Headache Disorders, Part 1 Pathophysiology and Anatomy, History of Neuromodulation in Headache Treatment, and Review of Peripheral Neuromodulation in Primary Headaches Brian Jenkins, DO, Stewart J. Tepper, MD Headache. 2011;51(8):1254-1266. A case report of 7 patients with CM…

Melanopsin, Photophobia, & Migraines

A sensitivity to light, also known as photophobia in medical terms, is a symptom most migraineurs are familiar with at one time or another. For many sunglasses or FL-41 rose colored lenses are enough to relieve the pain from indoor and outdoor light, especially under fluorescent lighting. However for an unlucky minority even these precaution…