Friday, January 17, 2014


- Introductory to the blog

- Talk about the psychosocial implication on patient to explain why they should care

- Link to various posts


Migraine (National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2013)
CITATION WITHOUT FORMATTING: National Center for Biotechnology Information. (2013). Migraine. Retrieved January 14, 2014, from PubMed health:
- migraines are typically experienced between the ages of 10 to 45 but can also appear later
- the specific cause of migraines is still not known, although there is a consensus that migraine attacks begin in the brain and involve changes in blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues
- migraines can be triggered in various ways. some of these include alcohol consumption, stress, hormonal changes during menstruation, physical activity and exposure to smoke. certain foods can also trigger migraines, for example food that contains monosodium glutamate (MSG) and processed meats such as sausages and cured meats
- true migraines are not caused by brain tumors or other medical problems
Talk about lifestyle and migraine

Can end post with suggesting lifestyle changes.


- Lifestyle habits
- Medicines

What goes on in your brain? (part2)

Migraine: A chronic sympathetic nervous system disorder (Peroutka, 2004)
CITATION WITHOUT FORMATTING: Peroutka, S. J. (2004). Migraine: A chronic sympathetic nervous system disorder. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 44(1), 53-64.
- migraine has many features in common with chronic sympathetic nervous system (SNS) disorders
- when not experiencing migraines, migraineurs have reduced sympathetic function compared with non-migraineurs
- there are strong links between SNS dysfunction and migraines
- migraines are very similar to two SNS disorders: pure autonomic failure (PAF) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Together, these three disorders have many overlapping symptoms *can use point to illustrate how closely related migraines are with SNS dysfunction*
- while SNS dysfunction can cause migraines in some people, others might not experience them

What's going on inside your brain?

- 2nd post will focus on one of the biological underpinnings.

Migraine genetics: An update (Haan, Kors, Vanmolkot, van den Maagdenberg, Frants, & Ferrari, 2005)
CITATION WITHOUT FORMATTING: Haan, J., Kors, E., Vanmolkot, K. R., van den Maagdenberg, A. M., Frants, R. R., & Ferrari, M. D. (2005). Migraine genetics: An update. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 9(3), 213-220. doi:10.1007/s11916-005-0065-9
- migraine is a neurovascular disorder (affecting both the nerves and the blood vessels) with many factors contributing to it, including genetics
- gene mutations are involved in familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM). the genes responsible for FHM are the CACNA1A gene and the ATP1A2 gene
- shows that migraines also have genetic causes


10 Signs of Having Migraine

- 1st post will describe and focus on signs and symptoms of migraine. Rephrase it such that it'll be comprehensive but summarized in a certain number of points.

... like those kind