April 6, 2018

AHS Members Who #MoveAgainstMigraine

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Originally posted on March 21, 2018

In February, multiple AHS members shared their insights with the American Migraine Foundation community.

Each week, the American Migraine Foundation invites members of the American Headache Society to host 30-minute Facebook Live events on their Facebook page. As part of the #MoveAgainstMigraine campaign, these doctors share resources with an engaged audience, while answering questions related to the topic. Big thanks to Nate Bennett, MD and Emily Law, Ph.D., for sharing insights on the Comorbidities of Migraine, and Sleeping Tips for Youth with Migraine. The response from the migraine community was nothing short of enthusiastic, and we appreciate your contribution.

Learn more about the topics shared and the doctors who donated their time below.

The Comorbidities of Migraine

Nate Bennett, MD, Director of the Preferred Headache Center in Pittsburgh, PA, discussed depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia as common comorbidities of migraine. During his talk, Bennett explained how the receptors in the brain that cause patients to feel pain during migraine attacks can work with other environmental stimuli to cause a number of comorbidities. For each comorbidity he touched on, he explained why it was common in people living with migraine and suggested possible treatment options ranging from stress management to medications. His overall recommendation to patients was to make lifestyle changes to manage their migraine and any comorbid diseases. Read the full recap here.

Sleeping Tips for Teens and Kids with Migraine

Emily Law, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist and Researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute offered advice for parents of children and teens with migraine struggling to sleep due to symptoms of insomnia. Exhaustion due to lack of sleep has detrimental effects on many adolescents’ school performance and personal lives. Over the course of her research, Law found that good sleep hygiene is crucial to pain management. This is all the more true of teenagers, who need more sleep in adults. In her talk, Law offers five tips to combat the issue, like establishing a wind-down routine and bedtime. Read the full recap here.

On behalf of the American Migraine Foundation, thank you to the AHS Members who recently hosted these events. Since launching the #MoveAgainstMigraine campaign in 2017, the online community has grown to over 60,000 followers. There are also over 14,000 patients and advocates in the private Move Against Migraine Facebook group. Hosting an event is an excellent way to make an impact within the migraine community. If you are interested in hosting a Facebook Live Event, please fill out this form.

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