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October 24, 2016
by sarcozona
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Migraine may affect my personality, but my personality didn’t give me migraine

Anna Eidt wrote recently about the “migraine personality,” an old and sexist idea that still influences how migraines are perceived and treated. It’s a succinct discussion and debunking of the idea. The “migraine personality” was coined in the early 20th century … Continue reading

July 20, 2016
by sarcozona
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For headache specialists, reducing the disorder to a specific mechanism in the brain doesn’t just relieve the symptoms of migraine [referring to development of Imitrex]; it also targets the stigma associated with it by shifting responsibility for the pain away from a weak or neurotic personality toward a body over which the patient has no control. In this, headache specialists are demonstrating a phenomenon known to cognitive psychologists, namely, that attributing low causal responsibility to stigmatized behaviors reduces blame and produces more positive feelings.

Joanna Kempner in Not Tonight

July 19, 2016
by sarcozona
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providing services to headache patients—no matter how needed they are—is often described as a money-losing proposition. The problem is twofold: headache medicine requires few procedures, while at the same time, necessitates long doctor-patient appoint­ments. This matters because in the United States reimbursement rates pay much higher dividends for procedures than “evaluation and management.”

Joanna Kempner in Not Tonight

Treatment and management of my migraines improved immensely once I left the US.

July 18, 2016
by sarcozona
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The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend.

Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence