Thursday, June 6, 2013

Migraine & Headache Awareness Month #6 - Premonition

The theme of today's Migraine and Headache Month blog challenge is premonition–where would you like to see treatment options for Migraine and Headache Disorders go in the future?

Like many others, I hope for the day when there will be a cure-all, one drug that I can take that will rid me of this curse.  I know I have to be realistic.  Migraine and other Headache Disorders are caused by such a broad spectrum of things that all of the research in the world will ever find one magic pill to put a stop to the pain.

What I would truly like to see in the future is research towards a Migraine-specific drug.  Currently all but one drugs to treat Migraine were developed for other uses.  Ease of Migraine pain just happens to be a happy side-effect.  I currently take a drug made for epilepsy, an antidepressant, and blood pressure medication for the treatment of my Migraines.  They help, but they are not Migraine drugs.  I would like to see the day when I can take one medication, one pill, to help relieve the symptoms of my Migraines and that will help to prevent them.

Currently the government gives very little funding to the research of Migraine and other Headache Disorders.  Other 'flashier' disorders get the most funding.  What many don't realize is Headache Disorders cost the U.S. economy $31 billion each year.  Ninety-one percent of the 37 million Americans who suffer from Migraine are debilitated during an attack, unable to work and function.  Research for a disorder like this truly needs to be better funded.

While we are nowhere near there yet, my premonition for the treatment of Migraine and other Headache Disorders is a medication for Migraine that will relieve the symptoms and prevent Migraine altogether.

-Jennifer Gayle

June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of


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