Migraine news this week: November 5

Catch up on this week’s headlines!

Your Period Could Be Behind Yet One More Lousy Thing

Glamour sums up a recent study on menstrual migraine. We’ve long known that changes in estrogen levels around a woman’s period are a common migraine trigger, but we didn’t know there was another factor, too. This study found that anemia at the end of a woman’s period–due to blood loss–can also be a trigger.

Two Drugs for Adult Migraines May Not Help Children

MRF Grantee Dr. Scott Powers and MRF Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Andrew Hershey published some shocking results this week.

Doctors commonly prescribe amitripyline and topiramate to prevent migraines in kids and teens because they sometimes work in adults. In their study, Powers, Hershey, and colleagues tested both of the drugs for migraine prevention in kids. Surprisingly, they found that a placebo pill reduced migraines just as well as the two drugs–and without any bad side effects. This means that sugar pills could actually be used to prevent migraines in kids and teens.

What are you doing for #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving that kicks off the holiday season. Encourage your friends and family to support migraine research by planning your fundraiser now. Raise money in the days leading up to Giving Tuesday and celebrate your impact on sufferers around the world.

A Day in My Life With Hemiplegic Migraines

We’ve funded 2 studies on hemiplegic migraine, an extremely rare and extremely debilitating condition. Read about a day in the life of a sufferer in this essay from The Mighty.

The Neurologist Is In: Vitamins and Supplements for Migraine

Headache specialist Dr. Teshamae Monteith reviews all the common vitamins recommended to migraine sufferers and why they might work. Supplements for prevention include vitamin B2, vitamin D, feverfew, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and melatonin. Supplements for pain include ginger, lavender oil, menthol, and some combination products.

Tamara’s First Marathon

Tamara has been trying to run away from her migraine pain for decades. But now, instead of running from her pain, she’s running for migraine research. Tamara will run her first marathon while raising money for MRF. Read her story and help her reach her goal of $1,000.