By Wanda - In 2010, Botox (onabotulinum-A by Allergan) was approved by the FDA as a treatment to prevent chronic migraines. Chronic migraine is defined by the FDA as affecting at least 2% of the population -- those people having at least 15 migraine days a month. This was a historic step forward for those … Continue reading Looking Back on My 9 Years of Botox for Migraine
By Jeannette - It’s a critical time for all people who are impacted by pain, regardless of the cause. It is a time to unite on our journey with pain and over the next 90 days join the discussion of the gaps in the management of pain and the solutions put forth. This is a … Continue reading What is the Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices, Why Does it Matter, & How Can You Have A Voice?
By Jorie - The opioid crisis is bigger than ever, and as a result the government has stepped in to try to correct it. But their methodology isn’t exactly the most helpful for those of us living in chronic pain. The Don’t Punish Pain Rally seeks to raise awareness of this issue. Patients and advocates … Continue reading Don’t Punish Pain
By Wanda - Many people who suffer from migraines often suffer from other illnesses and disability, which makes treatment difficult to say the least. Comorbidity is its own curse, as each separate illness demands its own treatment plan. It is not enough to treat just the migraine, just the arthritis, just the scoliosis, just the … Continue reading Comorbidity & Medication Shaming
By Jorie - A few months ago, I was profoundly confronted with something I’m sure the majority of us chronic pain patients face pretty frequently: medication shaming. We’ve all heard about it happening, but sometimes we think we’re immune to the scrutinization and stereotyping. Oh, don’t worry, we think, this only happens to those people … Continue reading The Reality of Medication Shaming
By Wanda - You just want the pain to stop; it’s unbearable, as if your head is determined to kill you. Why can’t you just take a really powerful pain killer like Norco or another opioid? They are supposed to be so strong--great for killing pain. Is it too much to ask?! If they work … Continue reading Migraines & Opioids: “The Good Stuff”