There is just enough awareness about migraine to prompt volumes of bad information to spread all over the internet, bookstores, and mainstream media outlets. It seems as though everyone is out to make a quick buck off the suffering and desperation of hurting patients. Even if you don’t have migraine, you’ve likely run across dramatic claims of “cures” such as ear piercings, soaking your feet in hot water, drinking lemon juice and salt water, purple lemonade, or green smoothies. With so much information out there, how will you ever know what is accurate?
Do reliable sources even exist?
Yes, they do. In fact, I’m going to share with you ALL of my sources. Anyone can access the information I use as source material for this blog. I also use the same sources for all content I write for Migraine.com. My doctors and I even use these sources to help plan the next steps in my treatment plan. Almost all of it is free and it’s all available online for anyone to access. After reading this post, the only differences between you and me will be that I take the time to dissect the information and explain it to you in everyday language.
If you ever read something on or offline that sounds questionable, suspect, fishy, or too good to be true, use these resources to get the facts. I trust them enough to use the provided information to guide my health care decisions.
- Headache – The Journal of Head and Face Pain
- American Headache Society
- American Headache and Migraine Association
- American Migraine Foundation
- International Headache Society
- International Classification of Headache Disorders
- National Headache Foundation
- Migraine Research Foundation
- Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy
- Dawn Buse
- United Council for Neurologic Specialties – Headache Medicine Diplomates
My Favorite Migraine Blogs
- Health Central – Migraine by Teri Robert & Dr. Dave Watson
- Putting Our Heads Together by Teri Robert
- Migraine Brainstorm by Anna Eidt
- The Daily Headache by Kerrie Smyres
- Brainless Blogger by Nikki Albert
- Migraine Diva by Jaime Sanders
- Sharon Murray
- Migraine Warrior by Michelle Tracy
- The Daily Migraine by Lisa Jacobson
Other resources I can’t live without
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists all current clinical trials, inclusion/exclusion criteria, locations, and everything else you need to know
- Patient Access – Copyright.com allows low-cost access to medical journals and research to patients
- GoodRx.com offers a discount card to offset the cost of non-covered or poorly covered medicines
- Patients Like Me puts patients in control of their own health information and allows you to share your data with researchers, meet other patients like you, and track your overall health
- Migraine Buddy app helps track migraine attack frequency, pinpoint triggers, and track the connection between sleep and migraine
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is dedicated to improving the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions.
Please, fact check me against these resources.
My goal is to provide you with accurate, reliable, truthful, scientifically-backed information every single time.
This article is part of the July 2016 Ultimate Blog Challenge