All posts tagged: Migraine

A New Migraine Drug Is Coming To England, Here’s How To Get It

A New Migraine Drug Is Coming To England, Here’s How To Get It

According to The National Institute for Health and Care Experience (NICE), It is estimated that there are 190,000 migraine attacks experienced every day in England and 6 million people suffer with migraines in the UK. Until now, initial treatment options have mostly been limited to painkillers, triptans and anti-nausea medication, according to the NHS. However, NICE has now recommended a new drug called atogepant, after clinical trials revealed that it was effective in some adults. In its final draft guidance, NICE said atogepant should be offered to people who had unsuccessfully tried three other medications, many of which need to be taken by injection or infusion. Who will be able to access this new migraine medication and where will they find it? According to the BBC, this drug is designed to be taken daily to both prevent chronic migraines and episodic migraines. At first, it’s expected to be available from specialist doctors in secondary care settings, rather than from GPs but migraine charities are nonetheless excited about what this could mean for future migraine care. …

Retirement with Migraine or Any Chronic Illness

Retirement with Migraine or Any Chronic Illness

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi For so many reasons, I cannot believe I have reached the point of retirement. I had one formal interview, which was at Monroe Community College, in Rochester, NY, in July 1987, after I completed my graduate work in May, and there I have stayed. I have lived, yes lived, 37 years at MCC, having given all my best for my students, my colleagues, and my College community. I even introduced a Therapy Dog program there, certifying first my Gretta, MCC’s first Therapy Dog, and then Ollie, before their retirements in 2023. Now, I find myself retired from the department and the College. This is an enormous change. Because I have multiple chronic illnesses and have been involved in caring for my parents since August and now my husband, I may not have the same feelings and reactions that many people would have who retire early, at 60. I am young to retire, I know. Nonetheless, because of these factors, there are not …

It’s the Best Time in History to Have a Migraine

It’s the Best Time in History to Have a Migraine

Here is a straightforward, clinical description of a migraine: intense throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise, lasting for hours or days. And here is a fuller, more honest picture: an intense, throbbing sense of annoyance as the pain around my eye blooms. Wondering what the trigger was this time. Popping my beloved Excedrin—a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine—and hoping it has a chance to percolate in my system before I start vomiting. There’s the drawing of the curtains, the curling up in bed, the dash to the toilet to puke my guts out. I am not a religious person, but during my worst migraines, I have whimpered at the universe, my hands jammed into the side of my skull, and begged it for relief. That probably sounds melodramatic, but listen: Migraines are miserable. They’re miserable for about 40 million Americans, most of them women, though the precise symptoms and their severity vary across sufferers. For about a quarter, myself included, the onset is sometimes preceded by an aura, a short-lived …