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Tweets, Google searches may help solve migraine mysteries

December 17, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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sara lewis
January 17, 2013

I am a migraines patient since long time and surfing is out of question for me because it cause blurriness in my vision however what usually help me is to empty my stomach through deliberate vomit or try to sleep through a light sleeping pills … nothing else.

Glade Maer
January 11, 2013

Of course, with the many things you can learn about anything over the internet, you will surely find remedies for your migraines and other health problems as well.

December 22, 2012

Yoga does not help anyone who suffers from migraine, I know that, I was a sufferer. There is a link between migraine and a hole in the heart, PFO I believe is what it was called. I suffered from migraine since I was a child, the only thing that cured me was surgery to repair the hole. I dont have migraine attacks now.

Ginny Bishop
December 20, 2012

I can’t believe you haven’t even mentioned acupuncture. Some years ago, when I was suffering from almost daily debilitating migraines, I was desperate enough to try acupuncture. At the time, it seemed “way out there” and it wasn’t covered by my insurance, but it was the only thing I hadn’t tried. After ten sessions, I went for over a year completely migraine-free. This treatment changed my life! It is more accepted now, but for some reason mainline medical experts still disregard it. I’m glad I didn’t.

December 21, 2012

Ginny – in fairness to those who disregard acupuncture, some practitioners really don’t help their cause. Having sat through an explanation of how acupuncture “targets the meridians of energy in order to properly align them” and having been told that you know it’s working if you feel shooting pains* because this shows you’ve “connected to the energy source”, I can easily see why anyone who’s ever studied the human body would discard this as complete quackery. However, there are more valid, if somewhat less fancy-sounding, explanations of why acupuncture does work – and I really wish practitioners would just stick to those!

(*Incidentally, I suspect that if the patient feels shooting pains, this actually just means you’ve hit a nerve…)

P.J. Skerrett
December 21, 2012

Ginny — The post didn’t talk about any treatments for migraine. It focused on how researchers are using search information and Tweets to study migraine. Just so you know, one of our special health reports, “Headaches: Relieving and preventing migraine and other headaches,” definitely covers the use of acupuncture for treating migraine and other types of headache.

Medical Inflation Device
December 20, 2012

I will sometimes tweet about migraines. My reasoning is often to explain why I may disappear from online conversations for a day or so…

Sydney CBD Dentist
December 20, 2012

Millions of people from all over the world suffer from migraines on a regular basis; it is interesting to note that some of these persistent headaches are actually dental migraine symptoms.

Arto Asadurian
December 20, 2012

I know someone who uses online surfing as a sort of diversion so he could not entertain the migraine or headache pain. Headache has many causes, one of them is the teeth grinding. If a person does teeth grinding more often he must see his dentist for the relief.

December 18, 2012

I will sometimes tweet about migraines. My reasoning is often to explain why I may disappear from online conversations for a day or so.

December 18, 2012

That is a very interesting story. It would be interesting to compare this with lifestyle studies to see if certain stressors, or other lifestyle factors correlate with this data.

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December 17, 2012

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