Posts filed under “Migraine”


It’s a challenge to mindfully walk that middle path between being proactive about your health – always trying to improve it – but at the same time, accepting the way you are so that you can make the best of each day. From Toni Bernhard’s How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Is this how I learned stillness?

Illness is the space where I came to understand the limitations of my being. It’s a lesson we all learn but one I learned harshly and twice, first watching my mother and then enduring my own suffering. Now I know that I can lie down for hours without moving. I can meditate. I can stare […]

What’s a grad student worth?

I have a post up today on Tenure, She Wrote about structural financial barriers in academia for chronically ill graduate students. If a worker is less productive, should they be paid less? This is not an abstract question for me. As a sick graduate student, I take longer to produce academic products like papers and […]

What is an aura?

For years I didn’t think I had aura with my migraine attacks because the way doctors described it wasn’t the way I experienced in terms of symptoms, timing, and duration. If you have weird experiences before or during your migraine, it’s likely you have aura, too. Check out this nice little descriptive study to get […]

No shit, Sherlock

perhaps the personality and behavioural features thought to be characteristic of migraine may instead be related to the experience of chronic pain One of the few reasonable sentences in this fucked up paper. Doctors and researchers want to blame patients for their own migraines so badly.

Migraine is all up in your metabolism

Investigating the role of adipokines in chronic migraine VERY COOL but quite tentative: this adipokine may be considered as a potential migraine biomarker, since increased levels of adiponectin are found in both EM and CM patients