Sunday, May 25, 2008

One hour? You've got to be kidding!

So a friend of mine picked up one of those free little magazines that you get at the pharmacy.....I'm not sure what the name of it is, I don't think it's Prevention, but it's something like that. This one has Patrick Dempsey on the cover (I love me some Grey's Anatomy!!).

Anyway - they had a two page dealy on migraine triggers. Pretty much the same 'ol, same 'ol....certain nuts, caffeine, things we "seasoned" migraineurs already know about.

One thing did strike me as odd though.

In the article, it mentioned that while doctors are going through medical school, they only get about one hour of training in Migraine and headaches, and another one hour during residency.....I found this quite appalling! Considering that Migraine strikes more people then diabetes and is so debilitating that it currently is the 4th top reason for people missing work.

I mean, I don't know what I was really expecting someone going into general practice to get as far as migraine and headache training, but I would think it would be more then 2 hours in total. I mean I had to take 2 years of Algebra in high school and I don't even use that crap anymore! You figure a GP is a migraineurs first stop when they are trying to figure out what is going on....

This just reiterates again why it is so important for us to seek out great neurologist and/or Migraine and headache specialists. I mean considering how much time I'm spending learning and reading about this disease, I'd hope my doctor(s) would have spent more time learning about it then I have!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Protect Migraineurs from compact fluorescent light bulbs

Ok this is going to be super quick because I'm blogging at work, but I wanted you to know that Diana over at Somebody Heal Me put together an awesome petition against CFL's being the only choice in light bulbs. As you may or may not know, CFL light bulbs can trigger migraineurs, and if these become the only light bulbs available, this can be a huge problem for us! You can sign it by clicking Here. Please go and sign this petition. It just went up and we already have 12 signatures, but we need many more!!!


I'll be back later when I have more time to give more info on this. Sorry this is so short.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Special K.....

Well, at least that's what the kids call it.

Ah, yes, ketamine.

I was recently reminded of this drug when I was over at the Migraine News Network which is also my friend Rain's site.

In one of her recent posts, she mentioned an article, Night club drug could ease depression, on how ketamine can actually help ease depression!

For those of you who didn't know, ketamine is also used in IV therapy for migraineurs. See this wonderful article:IV therapy for Refractory Migraines by Teri Robert about Dr. Krusz down in Huston who is know for his IV therapy and of course, his kind nature towards patients! Love ya Dr. K!!!!

I found this funny because well, back in the day I used to go to the club, and although I never personally did "K" or "Special K" I just remember all the hanging "K"s all over the place (think the Kellogg's red K).

Also, I had a friend that worked for a dentist. Well actually and oral surgeon. His drug of choice for putting children under? Ketamine! Yes, he would put these children into a K Hole because the side effects from the Ketamine are less then those of the other drugs.

The one little interesting side effect of a "K Hole" is that as you come out of it, you act as if you are a child again, like in utero. Yep, you may actually curl up in the fetal position and gurgle like a little baby. Interesting side effect isn't it?

Now, of course, the amount being used for IV therapy for Migraineurs is obviously not the same amount as what a dentist would used to actually put someone under....

But I still found the whole thing very interesting.....