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June 30, 2016
by sarcozona

Over the centuries, physicians have placed migraine in various positions along the mind/body spectrum. Headache experts currently consider migraine a somatic disorder rooted in the brain. But this is a break from the past. Up until thirty years ago, doctors primarily viewed migraine as having both a psychological and a somatic basis.

Joanna Kempner in Not Tonight

One reason old man doctors are often shit migraine doctors.

Also, really disturbing how many of my neurologists have migraine posters on their walls with DRAMATICALLY wrong and out of date information about migraines.

June 29, 2016
by sarcozona

Most people who have migraine are on the mild end of the spectrum; they might experience one to three headache days per month and lose some functionality as a result of symptoms. But about a quarter experience severe levels of disability associated with their symptoms. One to 3 percent of American adults are estimated to have “chronic migraine,” in which intermittent migraines progressively become more frequent—people with chronic migraine experience at least fifteen or more headache days a month for at least three months in a row. To put these numbers in perspective, epilepsy affects 2.1 million Americans. Autism affects half a million Americans. Chronic migraine affects 2.4 to 7.1 million American adults.

Not Tonight by Joanna Kempner

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym — Science of Us

What utter bullshit. Next iteration of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I notice they’re not handing out you’re-so-successful-and-tough cookies to people with chronic pain or a thing for floggers.

Also if it actually worked like the article suggests, being uncomfortable would help me ignore chronic pain, not intensify it. Or I should be able to push through a marathon no problem because I’m so great at dealing with pain. Not true.