From the Lake to You – Great Migraine Reading

July 24th, 2008

This is where I am now as I write you.  A beautiful lake in the mountains, where I come every year with a group of friends and extended family, and hike, swim, kayak, and rock on rocking chairs on a  big porch overlooking the lake.  So why am I writing now?  For one thing, it’s been pouring much of the week!  For another, I spent yesterday in my room with a migraine.  A friend posted this link to a Scientific American article on Migraine disease, and I wanted to share it.  She called herself a nerd for having a Scientific American subscription; I guess that makes me a real Migraine Geek for choosing this for my vacation reading!  But it’s really fascinating!

Here’s the link to the article, which explains and summarizes new research into how migraines actually start in the brain and central nervous system: Why Migraines Strike. It’s a long article, but well worth reading
to better understand what is going on in our brains, and new possibilities for treatment. I think the most important point, made by the authors in the last paragraph, is that the evidence is overwhelming that this is a real, congenital disease, a significant difference in brain function. Wave this article in the face of those who still won’t believe Migraine is a disease! A few points that really struck me:

Read the article and let me know what you think.  A few of my non-migraineur friends and relations up here even found it interesting.  More fodder for helping others – and ourselves – understand!

See you!  I’ll be heading out on the lake – as soon as it stops raining!

- Megan

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  • Kelly FlywithHope

    Megan, Great synopsis! Thanks for sharing. I linked this blog on mine.

  • Rain Gem

    Hehe, that’s kinda funny though, how it works… When they tried LCD (triptans) to treat migraines, they had no clue why it was helping. So, they just used one of the side-effects – constricting blood vessels – to explain the “whys”.

    And the funniest bit is, they still develop the abortives that do the exact same thing – constrict blood vessels in the head. Take Telcagepant for example. It’s calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonist. In simple words, it uses calcium to constrict blood vessels. But, since the theory of migraine is neurological now, they try to wiggle out by speculating how it also “might” inhibit nociceptive activity and trigeminocervical complex.

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