All posts tagged: Migraines

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 In its final draft guidance, NICE said atogepant should be offered to people who had unsuccessfully tried three other medications, many of which need to be taken by injection or infusion.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. …

This eye massager helps my migraines, and it’s 57% off

This eye massager helps my migraines, and it’s 57% off

Renpho/ZDNET I am someone who gets headaches — a lot. And sometimes, no matter what over-the-counter medication I take or herbal remedies I try out, it just won’t go away. Desperate to find a solution to the migraines that would render it impossible to write, I bought the  Renpho Heated Eye Massager to try out, and I’m so glad I did. This little gadget is now my go-to tool when I feel a headache or migraine come on. And while it’s normally fairly expensive at $130, it’s on sale for $56.  This high-tech eye mask uses compression, heat, and vibration to massage your eyes and temples, effectively giving your head and eyes a break. Especially if you’re like me and stare at a screen all day, using this eye massager at the end of a workday is a game changer. It also has soothing, relaxing music while massaging and heating your eyes (so soothing I’ve fallen asleep while wearing it more than a few times). However, you can connect the mask via Bluetooth to play your …

5 Common Foods And Drinks That Trigger Migraines

5 Common Foods And Drinks That Trigger Migraines

Migraines are the worst. If you don’t get them, think of them like a hangover without the party before. Sounds are louder, smells more pungent and lights extra bright. There’s also nausea, dizziness and, obviously, a killer headache. While neurologists are still debating the exact causes of migraines, certain foods and drinks are known to trigger an attack in many. For me, blue cheese and white wine can bring them on, while my brother can’t eat anything with artificial sweeteners. Unlike most lists of foods to avoid, migraine triggers aren’t necessarily unhealthy if you don’t have the condition. Getting A Migraine Isn’t Your Fault There’s a lot of stigma around migraines; people who experience them are often dismissed as having “just a headache.” But let’s be clear: Migraine is a neurobiological disease caused by a genetic predisposition. Folks with migraine didn’t do anything to make themselves ill. “[While] some foods are somewhat more likely to trigger an attack, it is important to state that no one ever should feel responsible for their migraine attack,” explained …

Tekken 8’s colorblind mode is causing vertigo and migraines for some, despite best intentions

Tekken 8’s colorblind mode is causing vertigo and migraines for some, despite best intentions

As accessibility in games gets ever better, genres such as fighting games have proved to be a more difficult nut to crack for the programmers looking to widen their audiences to include everybody possible. Superfast gameplay and blurs of colors and effects do not lend themselves well to being modified to make them more accessible to those with visual impairments. Some previous games within the genre have been modded to help and we have recently seen Street Fighter 6 introduce audio information for blind players, highlighting stats such as remaining health, distance from the opponent, and so on. Tekken 8, when it arrives, will have fully baked-in modes and options for those with visual impairments such as colorblindness, with one mode removing color completely and applying a black-and-white striped filter across the fighters to easily separate them from the background. So far, so noble. Until multiple players of the demo, or even those watching game footage started to complain that the mode was inducing migraines. Ars Technica reports that game-accessibility lead at EA, Morgan Baker …

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 …