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The John R. Graham Headache Center strives for excellence in management of headache. We are dedicated to finding a solution to the problem of migraine.
In 1955, John R Graham, the founder of the headache center that now bears his name, wrote a short book on the treatment of migraine. It is hard to find today but does carry some useful advice from a time when abortive therapies for migraine were few and there were essentially no preventive medications. Some of his advice he listed under “Errors of Living” which have been abstracted below. Some of this advice still rings true more than 50 years later.
Errors of Living (made by migraine patients)
By John R Graham from Treatment of Migraine; Little, Brown and Company, 1955.
Poor meals-skimpy breakfasts and lunches and large dinners eaten in a state of fatigue
Irregular hours for meals-( or missing meals).
Morning deadlines- too little time is allowed between the rising hour and the scramble for school and office
Sleeping late on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
Lack of breaks in the day
Failure to take proper vacations
Failure to get away from their children periodically
Excessive participation in community and church activities
Overanxiety regarding preparations for guests, etc
Long automobile trips
Acting as chairman (because nobody else will accept) -migraine patients do not delegate work to others.
Making up for lost time – as soon as the patients are over one attack, the usually rush to repair losses.
Suffering petty wrongs in silence- until they mount to unbearable heights
Aiming for impossible goals
Lack of exercise
Lack of recreation
See how many of these seem familiar to you and reflect for a moment on how choices you make day in and day out might be influencing your migraine pattern.
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Look for a Twitter Chat, Monday, January 30 at 7:30p CST / 8:30p EST about diet and migraine.
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Welcome to this new website about headache. We hope to provide new and useful information in the field of headache that highlights treatment and research advances. First up this link:
to a Harvard Health Publication Blog on healthy living. This issue discusses the benefits of yoga in migraine patients. Look around though for other migraine information and other healthy living topics. It is very well done and very informative.
There are many headache calendars or diaries. Many headache docs seem to have their own favorite. Below is the one I use with my patients. It can be printed, filled out and brought in to the visit for review and discussion. There are also several mobile apps. Feel free to try it:
And this, courtesy of one of our patients, is an Excel spreadsheet calendar that can be downloaded and used to monitor and graph your headache pattern:
Try this link to the Headache Impact Test, a short, self scored assessment of how disabling your headaches are:
If you score 56 or more you might consider having someone evaluate your headache problem.
How do you know if you have migraine? You can find out right now, right at home. Follow this link and take the HIT 6 test. Score it per the instructions and find out: http://www.headachetest.com/HIT6/PDFS/English.pdf