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HeadWay, Issue #164 -- Answers: New Migraine & Cluster Meds, Histamine
April 16, 2018
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In this issue:
More Questions: Histamine and CGRP Inhibitors
Say what?! Refractory
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--Join Me!--I'm releasing this edition of HeadWay a little earlier than usual, because I want to make sure you don't miss the Migraine World Summit, which begins on Wednesday. You can take in as little or as much as you want, because it's all online and the tickets are free. Pick them up today so you're ready: Migraine World Summit
For more information about why you should encourage your family and friends to get tickets, even if they're not able to watch most of the seminars, see Fight Migraine and Headache – Time to Fill Your Toolbox
See you there!
More Questions: Histamine and CGRP InhibitorsLast month we were talking about diets, so I'm going to start off on the same topic, thanks to a message from Michael in Canada.
Michael wanted to let us know that his wife, who has migraine, has been helped by information about the link between histamine and migraine.
Essentially, it seems that some migraine patients have high levels of histamine, due to various factors. The main part of the treatment is diet - but a diet basically focused on avoiding foods high in histamine, or foods that may result in high histamine (such as fermented foods, citrus fruits, fish and food additives).
Rather than get into all the details, I will point you to these two articles:
Information specifically on insurance questions is scarce until these drugs actually start rolling out. The basic consensus for the time being is that they will be expensive, even with insurance.
(I should also note that, due to commitments I have this year, I'm writing this a little further in advance than normal - so as of the time of writing...)
Right now, I'm especially watching these upcoming medications, which should roll out in the next few months:
Incidentally, there is some interesting research regarding the relationship between histamine and CGRP. Both are related to pain, and may interact in some interesting ways. But I'll leave it there for now!
Say what?! RefractorySometimes we hear about "refractory" headache (or "refractory" migraine) - is that a new class of migraine? No, actually, "refractory" simply means stubborn. So any condition that is refractory, or treatment-refractory, is basically difficult to treat. For example, the medications that often work don't work for someone with refractory migraine (the same for refractory depression or refractory epilepsy, etc.)
This does not mean that you've tried "everything" and that "nothing" works. There is still more you can try. It just means that you may not be helped by a few of the more common treatments.
I'm pretty refractory myself - stubborn. I'm going to keep fighting migraine and headache disorders! What about you?
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